At approximately 9:12 am, on July 17, Kirksville Police responded to the 900 block of East Dear Street in reference to a report of two males attempting to enter a home.
Police arrived and were advised by a neighbor that the two males had entered a residence. The neighbor further advised Kirksville Police officers the owner of the residence was not home.
Police entered the residence and located the two suspects, who were attempting to hide in closets inside the home. The two suspects were apprehended. One suspect was found in possession of items from inside the residence.
The two suspects were identified as Timothy A. Nguyen, 29 years old of Kirksville, MO and Earl D. Ireland, 24 years of old of Trenton, MO
Both Timothy Nguyen and Earl Ireland are being held at the Adair County Detention Facility pending formal charges for burglary, possession of burglary tools and stealing.
On the day prior to this incident, Kirksville Police responded to a neighborhood near East Dear Street in reference to a report of two males similar in description to Nguyen and Ireland who were acting suspicious and reportedly attempting to gain entry into homes.
It is still unclear if any other homes were entered on July 16 or 17th and the investigation continues.
Based on the investigation and facts gathered thus far, police state this may be a string of events linked to at least one of the suspects.
Kirksville Police are encouraging everyone to make sure their homes are secure and to be vigilant in watching to suspicious activity.
Kirksville Police are calling it fortunate that a neighbor made the observations, and reported it to police.