Two Lonedell area men accused in the burglary at storage units and ramming a Franklin County deputy’s patrol car were charged Thursday.
According to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton, deputies were dispatched to Triple H Storage, Lonedell, Wednesday at 4:10 a.m. for the report of a burglary.
Authorities said a representative of a company monitoring the storage business called the sheriff’s office stating there were three people inside the fenced-in area of the business.
A deputy arrived at the scene at 4:17 a.m. and blocked the entry gate as three men were getting into a 2011 Silver GMC Sierra truck.
The truck was reported stolen from Washington County Dec. 26, Pelton said.
The truck was driven through the gate, ramming the deputy’s patrol car and was driven out of the area. The deputy was not injured.
The deputy pursued the stolen truck east on Highway 30 to South Hendricks Road. The suspects, still in the vehicle, fled to the dead end of South Hendricks Road, lost control and struck a tree, but continued driving into a field and ultimately into a farm pond, authorities said.
The pond was too deep for the truck to drive through and it became submerged in the water. The deputy saw two males swim from the pond.
Kyle A. Floyd, 29, and Dakota L. Hopper, 26, were each charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree property damage and resisting arrest, all felonies. Floyd is being held on a $25,000 bond and Hopper is being held on $35,000 bond, Pelton said. Both men are in custody at the Franklin County Jail.
Authorities said the driver, Hopper, was arrested first, but Floyd escaped by fleeing into a wooded area in a different direction from which the driver ran. During the search for the second suspect, wet clothing was located in a field, indicating that the third suspect also escaped the area and is actively being sought, Pelton added.
Following the crash, deputies established a perimeter and conducted a door-to-door search. At 7:46 a.m., approximately one mile away from the scene, a second deputy saw Floyd getting into a car on Highway 30 near Highway HH. The deputy stopped the car and arrested him. His wet clothing was inside the vehicle, Pelton said.
Pelton said the sheriff’s office is looking for the third suspect, described only as a white male possibly wearing dark pants and no shirt. It is believed that he fled on foot toward Highway 30 in an attempt to call for a ride.
If anyone witnesses suspicious activity in the Lonedell area they are asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 636-583-2560.
Hopper has a criminal history that includes a stint in the Missouri Department of Corrections. In 2015 he was released on probation after serving part of concurrent seven-year prison sentences. He pleaded guilty in January 2013 to separate counts of second-degree assault and was given suspended sentences, ordered to serve 110 days in prison and placed on five years’ supervised probation.
Then, in 2015 he was charged with second-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and first-degree property damage.