Two people suspected in the theft of two vehicles were arrested Saturday after campers reported suspicious activity near the Bourbeuse River.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Zachariah W. Hobson, 36, Wright City, and Keeli A. Morgan, 22, Robertsville, stole a 2005 Chevy Tahoe from a residence on Judith Spring Road outside of Union.
Morgan was driving the vehicle, according to a probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office.
The suspects are being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $30,000 cash-only bond.
The next day, a state trooper attempted to stop the stolen vehicle which led to a pursuit of the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department. The occupants ultimately abandoned the Tahoe off of Roller Road west of St. Clair.
A few hours later the sheriff’s office received a report of a male and female who stole a 1989 Ford truck off of Brueggemann Farm Road, which is in the area where the Tahoe was abandoned, authorities said.
The owner of the stolen Ford truck chased the suspects through farm trails on their property until the truck became stuck in the Bourbeuse River bottoms.
The vehicle owner saw the suspects flee on foot from the truck and cross the Bourbeuse River.
Several hours later campers on the Bourbeuse River reported a female walking to their campsite. A short time later deputies arrested Morgan.
About an hour later the same campers reported seeing a man hiding in the woods across the river from them. Deputies returned to the area and crossed the river where they arrested Hobson.
Morgan and Hobson were charged Tuesday with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, a felony. The suspects also were charged with one count each of misdemeanor tampering with a motor vehicle.
Hobson was charged with an additional felony of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. Morgan was charged with a second count of misdemeanor tampering with a motor vehicle; resisting arrest and speeding, misdemeanors; and an infraction of failing to display license plates, according to court records.
Morgan was charged Aug. 23 with possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. She was released on her own recognizance Aug. 24 by Circuit Judge Ike Lamke, according to court records.