A Pacific man who allegedly smashed the front window of two Dollar General stores to steal cigarettes and beer was charged Friday.
Vincent J. Stockell, 28, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree burglary. He is being held at the Franklin County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
According to the probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, Stockell was seen on surveillance camera video throwing a brick to smash through the front door at the Dollar General stores in Villa Ridge and Robertsville.
Franklin County deputies responded to an alarm sounding about 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Villa Ridge store where Stockell allegedly broke in and took six packs of cigarettes and two 12 packs of Bud Light beer. The store is located at 177 Highway AT.
About two hours later, deputies responded to another alarm at the Dollar General store in Robertsville, located at 7372 Highway O. Stockell allegedly took two packs of cigarettes from the second store.
The deputies reviewed the surveillance footage and saw a white male, wearing a black or dark-colored jacket and shirt, blue jeans, and black or dark-colored shoes enter both stores and steal merchandise.
A witness provided information to deputies that led them to a home where Stockell was located.
He admitted to breaking into the businesses because he wanted cigarettes and beer, according to the probable cause statement.
Stolen property from the stores was located at the suspect’s home.
Stockell was charged in 2012 in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with one count each of second-degree burglary and stealing of firearms.
He allegedly broke into a neighbor’s home, and then told authorities that he planned to shoot people at random with guns and ammunition taken in the burglary.
During the February 2012 incident, deputies responded to a report of a burglary in the 6000 block of Highway O. The homeowner said he came home and found a broken window and guns and ammunition missing from his home.
During a search, a deputy found a shoe print in mud outside the house and tracks that led through a field toward a nearby residence. After stopping a vehicle that was seen leaving the area and questioning the driver, the deputy went to the neighboring residence and questioned a man who was standing outside.
The deputy asked to see the soles of the man’s shoes and determined that they matched the prints at the victim’s home. During further questioning, the man admitted entering the home and taking the weapons and said he was going to start shooting people at random.
Stockell was given a five-year suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to the felony charges. He was granted early release from probation in January 2015.