A man who was sentenced to prison last year for the burglary of a Franklin County home is back in jail on charges that he broke into the same house Monday, Sept. 30.
The sheriff’s office said Joseph Lauth, 28, Union, was given a five-year sentence after pleading guilty to breaking into the home on Liberty School Road, in the Clover Bottom area, along with other homes. After serving 10 months in the Missouri Department of Corrections he was transferred to a halfway house in St. Louis.
Deputies learned that Lauth walked away from the halfway house in July and was wanted on outstanding warrants.
On Sept. 30, an alert motorist driving on Liberty School Road called the sheriff’s office after hearing a burglar alarm sounding in the area.
Following the initial investigation, deputies began checking gold buying companies in the St. Louis area and learned the Lauth had sold jewelry items at one of them in the last few days. The items were identified as ones stolen from the Liberty School Road home, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies began looking for Lauth and located him Oct. 1 at a home in Pacific where he was taken into custody, according to the report.
During questioning, the suspect admitted to breaking into the house as well as to committing other thefts.
While searching for other missing items, deputies found some jewelry in a ditch along Jeffriesburg Road, west of Union, the sheriff’s office said.