Burglary, Criminal Trespass … Cherokee Co. Deputies investigate what two men were doing at 2:30 a.m.

Joplin News

COLUMBUS, Kan. — Two men are in custody after a Cherokee County Deputy discovered them burglarizing a building south of Columbus in the early morning hours of Tuesday.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., the Deputy observed suspicious lights outside of a building used for storing equipment and other property.  Moments later, a vehicle left and the deputy conducted a traffic stop. 

As a result of information obtained from the suspects, and evidence in their possession, both occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody.

Ernest Wayne Moore, 49, of Chetopa, Kan.
  • Ernest Wayne Moore, 49, of Chetopa, Kan. is being held on charges submitted:
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Operating a Vehicle with Illegal Registration.
William Raymond Zimmerman, 35, of Columbus, Kan.
  • William Raymond Zimmerman, 35, of Columbus, Kan. is being held on charges submitted:
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Criminal Trespass

Sheriff David Groves states on social media regarding the arrests, “This is a great example of the solid police work being done by deputies, even when most of the county is sleeping peacefully in their homes.”

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