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Cole County Grand Jury indicts several area residents

The Cole County grand jury met this week and found there was enough evidence in several cases to move them on to the circuit courts for possible trial.

Among those indicted were:

• A Jefferson City man charged in connection with several break-ins.

David Ingram Jr., 25, 215 Lafayette St., is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, five counts of second-degree burglary and one count of stealing a firearm.

The incidents occurred between Sept. 6 and Sept. 18.

Court documents show Ingram admitted to stealing a laptop computer, backpack and cash from a residence in the 2600 block of Jennifer Drive by entering through an unsecured door.

He also admitted to taking two laptop computers from a building in the 700 block of East High Street after authorities drove him to the location where he pointed out the door he entered through, which was unlocked at the time.

Ingram is also accused of cutting the screen out of the window of a residence in the 700 block of East High Street and taking several DVDs and a cellphone.

Ingram admitted to selling the DVDs at Hastings on Missouri Boulevard.

Ingram also said he cut the screen and broke a window at a building in the 700 block of East Capitol Avenue to steal a Sony Dictaphone and cash.

He admitted to breaking into another building in the 700 block of East Capitol where he stole three overhead projectors and two laptop computers.

Ingram also showed authorities how he broke into a residence in the 200 block of Pierce Street and took a firearm, firearm accessories and cash by entering through a window.

He is also believed to have broken into a home on Schaefer Court while the victims were inside sleeping, taking a 1917 $1 bill from the residence and later pawning it at a local shop.

Most of the items Ingram admitted to taking were recovered.

• Three Columbia residents charged in connection with a series of thefts from motor vehicles that occurred in April on the eastern side of Jefferson City.

Susan Wengred, 17; Sheldon Grayson, 18; and Marland Lane, 22, are each charged with one count of felony stealing.

Police department probable cause statements show two individual fingerprints were found on a victim’s vehicle during the course of the investigation.

The fingerprints were analyzed by the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Lab and implicated Lane and Grayson.

The accused were later seen in video surveillance at a local business, with Wengred fraudulently using a credit device stolen from one of their victims.

On April 30, Boone County sheriff’s deputies were involved in a pursuit with a vehicle after a report of shots fired.

The vehicle was the same used in the Jefferson City thefts and was owned by Wengred.

The vehicle crashed, and Lane was arrested at the scene. Grayson fled the area on foot.

A search of the vehicle resulted in numerous stolen items being recovered, including a Missouri identification card for the owner of the vehicle in which the prints of Grayson and Lane were recovered. Stolen firearms and ammunition were also recovered.

Lane and Wengred were taken into custody, but authorities are still looking for Grayson.

• Three men involved in an October shooting that left a Jefferson City man and woman with non-life threatening injuries.

Court documents show Charles Roark, 17, New Bloomfield; Terrance Jackson, 18, Jefferson City; and Brandon Maresh, 18, Jefferson City, are each charged with discharging a firearm and armed criminal action.

While police probable cause statements do not show what caused a disturbance at a residence in the 600 block of Ohio Street to go from verbal to physical, they do indicate Maresh was heard to say he was going to get a gun and left with Roark and Jackson to do so.

Roark drove the group to Jackson’s residence where Jackson took his roommate’s .12-gauge shotgun.

They returned to the scene of the disturbance, and Maresh fired one shot which struck the victims, who were on the porch of the residence.

Detectives eventually located and seized the shotgun used in the shooting.

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