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Burglary suspect caught inside Onalaska restaurant
Polk County Enterprise - June 2008

At about 3:30 a.m. Onalaska police were dispatched to Jerry’s Restaurant where a caller said a suspicious vehicle was parked behind Jerrys. OPD offi cer Brian Perkins arrived at the restaurant in time to fi nd a man exiting the back of restaurant, Onalaska Police Chief Ron Gilbert said. Perkins requested backup from the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce. While waiting for additional offi cers Perkins set up in an area outside the building where he could see anyone exit the building.

PCSO deputies Sgt. Perry Alexander and Jason Thompson arrived quickly and they made a preliminary search of the building. When Gilbert and Sgt. Lee Parrish arrived at the location a short time later, the suspect had not been located in the preliminary search. At 4:30 a.m., the second search found Shannon Hayes Barber hiding in a warehouse area of the restaurant and placed him under arrest. Initial charges fi led against Barber are burglary of a building, possession of a fi rearm and tampering with evidence. “Additional charges will be fi led based on other items we found in his vehicle,” Gilbert said. The building has a video security system and offi cers found the video equipment damaged.

“We found the suspect with the money bag, checkbook with money,” Gilbert said. “We really want to thank Sgt. Alexander and Deputy Jason Thompson for coming to our aid so quickly,” Gilbert added. At 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, OPD offi cers closed another burglary in the Pine Harbor subdivision. After the suspect in the Jerry’s Restaurant break-in had been before Pct 2 Justice of the Peace David G. Johnson for a magistrate’s warning, OPD offi cers said he confessed that he broke into the Pine Harbor residence. Offi cers recovered all missing property with information obtained in the early morning interrogation. PCSO Investigator Chris Lima is handling further investigation, and by 7:23 a.m. Wednesday he was en route to the jail to interview the suspect. Gilbert said the Pine Harbor residence had sustained major damage, but all missing property was recovered and will be secured for the owners.


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