Fulton police arrest local man for burglary, stealing

Fulton police arrested Jerry R. "J.R." Friend, 31, of Fulton today after he allegedly stole from a homeowner on the 400 block of West 12th Street, according to a press release from the police department.

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Jerry R. Friend

The homeowner woke up in the middle of the night and found a white male in his bedroom, who then ran from the scene. Police were contacted by the homeowner at 2:15 a.m. today. The thief had stolen several items from the home valued at $100, said Major Roger Rice with the Fulton Police Department.

Friend was later arrested near the home and police discovered he was carrying a small amount of methamphetamine. Rice said he was under the influence when he was arrested.

He is being charged with first-degree burglary, stealing, and possession of a controlled substance. Fulton police arrested Friend in 2008 for first-degree burglary, according to Missouri's online records system, courts.mo.gov. He plead guilty to the charge and was sentenced to five years incarceration.

Since 2003, Friend has also been charged with second-degree domestic assault, third-degree assault, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and first-degree property damage.

Friend is at the Callaway County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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