Burglary suspects' getaway foiled

A pair of suspects in a burglary at an Osage County home had their getaways foiled on Thursday.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Department reports its deputies were called at 11:20 a.m. to investigate a burglary in progress at a residence at 107 Mud Puppy Lane, off County Road 701 near Cooper Hill.

The owner reported that he was entering his house when a male suspect ran out of the back of the home. Meanwhile, a female suspect attempted to drive away from the scene, but her car was blocked on the county road by a logging truck which was working in the area.

Deputies arrived in time to apprehend Kathy A. Wood, 48, of Vienna, on a second-degree burglary charge. However, the male suspect had run away. Officers canvassed the area, contacting residents about the burglary and giving a description of the wanted man.

About 90 minutes later, a local farmer who had been briefed on the crime arrived at the sheriff’s office in Linn, reporting that he had located the male suspect walking down County Road 701.

The sheriff’s press release describes what happened: “The farmer stated the suspect stopped him, while he was spreading corn on his tractor and asked for a ride because he was cold. The farmer obliged, and gave the suspect a ride straight to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.”

Deputies then arrested Matthew A. Wood, 25, of Vienna, on a second-degree burglary charge. After being searched, he also was accused of possessing a controlled substance and several weapons.


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