A man who crashed a vehicle that contained burglary tools and stolen items, then fled the scene of the crash, was arrested the following day.
Justin M. Flesch, 36, fled on foot following the crash Nov. 16, on Highway 100 in the New Haven area.
When the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrived at the scene they located items stolen from Honold Hardware, Beaufort; T&T Hilltop Lounge, New Haven; and Rosebud Tractor, according to information released Thursday by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office by the sheriff’s department, Flesch was the registered owner of the vehicle. He was identified by witnesses of the crash.
On Nov. 17, Franklin County detectives were granted a search warrant to determine if the items in the car were taken from the businesses in Franklin and Gasconade counties.
Later that night, Flesch was arrested by Washington police.
He was charged with Unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of burglary tools, both felonies. He also was charged with possession of marijuana and two counts of receiving stolen property, all misdemeanors. He is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
Flesch’s address was listed as homeless, the sheriff’s office said. According to court records, he previously lived in Washington.
In 2017, Flesch was sentenced to probation on a 2016 felony conviction of receiving stolen property in St. Charles County Circuit Court.
Warrants were issued for his arrest in October for probation violations.
According to the probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office by detectives, a 12-gauge Remington shotgun was located in the vehicle Flesch was in that had crashed.
Authorities also recovered a crowbar, pry bar, sledgehammer, ax and a large set of wire cutters.
A cash box, cash and coins from the 1920s, and pole saw allegedly stolen from Honold Hardware, Beaufort, were found in the car. Receipts and checks taken from T&T Hilltop Lounge also were located in the vehicle, authorities said.
Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton thanked the highway patrol and the Washington police for their assistance.