Franklin County authorities nabbed a man suspected in a string of burglaries in the St. Clair area.

Sheriff Steve Pelton said Dustin T. Bailey, 33, St. Clair, was arrested during a traffic stop on Loller Branch Road between Sullivan and St. Clair.

Bailey had several warrants for his arrest for forgery, resisting arrest and burglary. He recently resisted arrest by fleeing from deputies, authorities allege.

Pelton said deputies “saturated” the Loller Branch Road area because Bailey was believed to be located there.  

“This was good, old-fashioned police work,” he said. “I really want to thank citizens for the calls with tips and possible sightings.

“Their help is so instrumental when it comes to working together to cut crime.”

Now that Bailey is in custody, authorities will question the man seeking information about burglaries near Happy Sac Road.

Criminal Record

Bailey was wanted for probation violations from sentences handed down in felony cases in 2017.

According to court records, April 2017 Bailey was sentenced to five years’ probation, suspended imposition of sentence (SIS), as well as 110 days’ shock time in the Missouri Department of Corrections from multiple felonies that occurred in 2016. Felonies include forgery, resisting arrest, drug possession and two counts of second-degree burglary.

In July 2017, following probation violations, Bailey’s sentence was amended to a suspended execution of sentence (SES), which means the charges remain on his record.

Drug Charges

Bailey’s drug charges and a resisting arrest charge stem from a February 2017 incident at a home in the 3300 block of Lollar Branch Road, in the same area he was arrested Thursday.

Authorities said Bailey was in possession of illegal drugs when he arrived at the residence, while the Franklin County S.W.A.T. team, along with the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit, executed a search warrant.

Another man was arrested for probation violations, and officers seized two firearms and drug paraphernalia at the home.

Bailey fled on foot from deputies, was held at gunpoint by a neighboring homeowner and was shot at when he again ran from officers. Authorities searched for the suspect until after dark, with the assistance of a Missouri State Highway Patrol plane, but were unable to locate the man.

The following day, an area resident found the suspect sleeping in his truck.

According to the sheriff’s department, the suspect left the truck and then got a ride in a different vehicle, which was traveling toward St. Clair. Authorities stopped the vehicle on Interstate 44 and the suspect was taken into custody.

St. Clair Burglary

One of the burglary charges filed against Bailey was from a November 2016 burglary of a storage unit in St. Clair.

According to St. Clair police, the owner of the St. Clair Storage units, located at 905 Plaza Drive, notified them that several storage units had been broken into overnight.

An investigation revealed that someone entered the storage unit area and had broken into one unit. Once inside, Bailey allegedly cut through the walls of that unit, as well as another unit, to gain access to other units.

Several items were stolen from three units. Surveillance cameras gave officers a good look at the suspect’s vehicle, as well as the driver.

The next day, a St. Clair police officer initiated a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle. Three of its occupants were taken into custody. The occupants of the vehicle told police that they didn’t have the vehicle the night of the storage unit burglary.

The three vehicle occupants then told police that Bailey was driving the vehicle the same night the storage units were burglarized, authorities said.

Police said a past booking photo of Bailey matched the description of the suspect in the surveillance video. St. Clair police placed a warrant for Bailey in the MULES (Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System) and contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, notifying them of the warrant for Bailey’s arrest and telling them that Bailey had been living at a residence on Trinity Lane outside the city limits of St. Clair.

At the time of the arrest. Bailey was out on bond for three misdemeanor charges that were issued in Franklin County in April, including resisting arrest, theft/stealing and first-degree trespassing.