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Jail time ordered in Cole County burglary tool case

A Columbia man has pleaded guilty to an August 2018 Cole County felony charge of possession of burglary tools.

During a hearing before Cole County Judge Dan Green, Benjamin Johnson, 35, was ordered to serve 29 days in the Cole County Jail with credit for time served.

A deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle at South Country Club Drive and Missouri Boulevard, according to a Cole County Sheriff’s Department report. The vehicle had license plates not matching the vehicle.

The vehicle failed to stop, and a short pursuit occurred. The driver stopped and fled from the vehicle.

Johnson was a passenger in the vehicle.

Authorities found a bag on the floorboard of the vehicle’s passenger seat. Inside the bag were various tools, including saws, cutting instruments, small pick files, pliers, a hatchet and a prying tool.

Next to the bag was a cut pair of pantyhose that could be worn as a mask. Authorities also found several pairs of gloves in the vehicle.

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