A Franklin County man was charged with several burglary and stealing felonies over a three-week period.
Kyle J. Mercer, 30, was charged Aug. 8 in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with second-degree burglary, and, in a separate case, with damaging a motor vehicle with the intent to steal it.
Mercer was charged Aug. 1 with first-degree burglary and misdemeanor stealing from an alleged incident that occurred May 21 in Franklin County. Also on Aug. 1, he was charged with stealing a motor vehicle from a Feb. 6 incident in Pacific.
Prior to the August charge, Mercer was named in a felony complaint July 12 for first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle.
He is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $10,000 bond. On Monday, Judge David Hoven denied a bond reduction for Mercer and the cases were continued until Aug. 27.
Mercer’s address is listed as “homeless,” according to court records.
According to a probable cause statement filed by the sheriff’s department in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, on May 21, Mercer allegedly went into an unlocked home in the 1600 block of Green Tree Acres, Robertsville.
The victim told a deputy he was in bed when he heard someone enter the home.
Authorities allege Mercer admitted to stealing a back pack and medication from the residence as a “joke.” Mercer stated he lost the backpack near the Dollar General store in Robertsville. He could not give an exact location of the bag, according to the probable cause statement.
The deputy found the bag and stolen items at the store.
Three days later, Mercer allegedly attempted to steal a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee from the 500 block of Indian Warpath, Pacific.
Police alleged he broke the window of the Jeep to get inside. It was the same area that another vehicle was tampered with near Bessinger’s Automotive.
Mercer and another suspect were arrested in 2016 following a traffic incident near Union.
According to a probable cause statement filed in the case, on April 27, 2016, a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper stopped a westbound vehicle on Highway 50 near Independence Drive after he observed the driver brake suddenly, almost causing another vehicle to crash, then cross the centerline and make a U-turn to head eastbound.
During a search of the vehicle, officers seized a variety of prescription and nonprescription pills along with suspected drug paraphernalia and several plastic bottles containing suspected “meth oil” which is produced during the meth-making process, authorities said.
Members of the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force responded to the scene and through testing confirmed the liquid as being meth oil, according to the probable cause statement.