LOOSE CREEK — Osage County Prosecuting Attorney Amanda Grellner confirmed on Tuesday that she will charge Noah Salinas, 18, of Waynesville, with trespassing and property damage. Salinas …
LOOSE CREEK — Osage County Prosecuting Attorney Amanda Grellner confirmed on Tuesday that she will charge Noah Salinas, 18, of Waynesville, with trespassing and property damage. Salinas was arrested on Monday after breaking into a residence on Loose Creek Highway early Monday morning.
According to Capt. Travis Shaffer, Salinas said he broke into the home because he was cold and hungry, and decided to sleep inside while wearing the homeowner’s boots.
The house is being renovated and the intruder was awakened by the construction crew, who called the sheriff’s office.
When deputies arrived, they took Salinas into custody. He broke into a residence sometime in the middle of the night. The homeowners were not home at the time of the break-in.
“The suspect felt really bad about breaking the back window out and illegally entering the house, so he tried to help the construction crew shovel rocks until we got there,” said Shaffer.
Salinas refused to give his name to law enforcement, and deputies spent half the day tracking down his identity.
This is the second time deputies encountered Salinas, though they didn’t know his name.
Osage County deputies were covering Gasconade County on Sunday during the funeral for Hermann Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith.
“We received a call about a trespasser,” Shaffer said. “We responded and the homeowner did not want to press charges. Since we couldn’t ID him, he was released.”
From there, he made his way to Osage County and the home on Loose Creek Highway.
Salinas was released on Tuesday after a 24-hour hold and transported to Springfield with another Osage County inmate.