On August 21, 2013, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Stanek Road, in Silex, reference a burglary and stolen grain truck. According to the victim, his 1975 Ford LT9 grain truck and a red and white Honda 100R dirt bike were missing.
The suspects caused about $1,000.00 worth of damage after they partially drove the grain truck through the detached garage’s wall. The homeowner also noticed a side door to his residence was kicked in; however, no items were removed.
Deputies viewed surveillance footage from Silex Central Elevator and observed a 1975 Ford grain truck travelling east on Highway E followed by a Dodge Ram truck with a camper shell. An employee with the Silex Central Elevator told investigators a similar truck was owned by 24 year old, Mitchell Houston, of Foley.
Investigators spoke with Houston at his residence along the 100 block of Snow Hills Lane, in Foley, and observed a red and white Honda 100R dirt bike sitting in the detached shed on the property. The Dodge Ram spotted in the surveillance video was also seen on the property. Deputies took Houston in custody and applied for a search warrant.
During the course of the investigation, deputies learned Houston had two accomplices, 22 year old Adam Bote, of Silex, and 23 year old Zachary Hill, of Elsberry.
Bote and Houston both admitted to burglarizing and stealing from the victim during an interview. All suspects blamed each other for driving the grain truck off a remote gravel road in Silex and setting it on fire. The vehicle was badly burned.
Suspect Zachary Hill, was taken in custody this evening and is awaiting formal charges.
Houston is charged with Felony 2nd Degree Burglary, two-counts of Felony Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, and Felony Property Damage. He is currently sitting in the Lincoln County Jail on a $100,000 or 10% surety authorized bond.
Bote is charged with Felony 2nd Degree Burglary, two-counts of Felony Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, Felony Property Damage and Felony Knowingly Burning. He is currently sitting in the Lincoln County Jail on a $75,000 cash only bond.