Footprints in snow lead Knox County deputies to arrest two men in burglary

Kenneth Floyd
Posted: Mar. 11, 2014 5:58 pm Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 6:12 pm
Richard Elder

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

EDINA, Mo. -- Footprints in the snow last week helped the Knox County Sheriff's Department quickly locate two men accused in a burglary on the east side of Edina.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Knox County Deputy Carl Knoche, two men were arrested on burglary charges after Knoche tracked two sets of footprints from the south side of a home at 805 E. Clay St. to a house at 801 E. Clay.

Kenneth H. Floyd, 46, of Moberly, and Richard L. Elder, 20, of Edina, were arrested and charged with felony burglary and stealing. Other charges also were filed against the men.

Both men were in Knox Count Associate Court on Tuesday for arraignment. Each had a cash bond set at $25,000 by Judge Tom Redington. Floyd and Elder are being lodged in the Lewis County Jail.

The sheriff's department said Jamie McMurray of 805 E. Clay reported at 8 p.m. March 4 that someone had entered his residence through a kitchen window. He said between $3,500 to $4,000 in cash, mostly in $100 bills, was missing, as was between $150 and $200 in change, mostly quarters but also wheat pennies, old dimes and $1 gold coins. Also missing was a Norelco shaver.

In his statement, Knoche said he walked to the neighboring house and noticed a light was on inside the residence. When he tried to contact someone at the house, the light was turned off.

Knoche said Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers helped at the scene while he obtained a search warrant. Troopers told Knoche that they could hear people inside the home and could see people through a window.

While Knoche was obtaining the search warrant, Elder called Knox County emergency dispatchers. Elder asked the operator why Knoche was at the home. He told the dispatcher that he didn't like Knoche, and he threatened to "beat his (butt)" when Knoche came into the door.

After getting the search warrant, officers found a black billfold on a kitchen table that had $2,030, most of it in $100 bills. Also on the kitchen table was a zip-seal bag with a large amount of quarters along with gold coins, dimes and pennies. A Missouri state trooper assisting with the investigation found $1,630 in currency, mostly in $100 bills, underneath the kitchen stove. Police also found about $20 in quarters thrown into the crawlspace of the home.

According to the statement, Floyd told police that he entered the neighboring house because Elder told him there was a lot of change inside. Floyd admitted to taking the change and said that he let Elder inside through the front door. He said Elder took the cash, then they left the house and returned to 801 E. Clay.

Floyd also was charged with felony escape from custody. While Floyd was in Knoche's patrol vehicle and under arrest, he crawled through the back car window and fled on foot until he was captured about two blocks away.

Elder also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a felony. A 7-month-old was left alone at 801 E. Clay during the incident, officers said. Floyd, Elder and the 7-month-old were the only ones at the home when officers served the search warrant.

Floyd and Elder each face up to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections if convicted.