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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield police officers were dispatched to the 1622 E. Walnut at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 30, in regards to a residential burglary that had just occurred. The residents of the home heard the suspects force their way inside but the suspects fled before police arrived. Neighbors in the area were able to give officers descriptions of the suspects.
While investigating the burglary on Walnut, officers were dispatched to 1700 E. Cairo at approximately 2:02 a.m., in regards to three armed suspects who had forced their way into the home and then threatened and robbed the subjects living there. The suspects stole property and left the residence before police arrived. Shortly after leaving, the suspects used one of the victim's credit cards at a convenience store.
At approximately 3:05 a.m., officers responded to 1302 E. Delmar, in regards to a 911 caller who observed the suspects attempting to burglarize 1302 E. Delmar. The witness confronted the suspects who threatened the caller and left in a vehicle. It appeared that the suspects were unable to make entry into the home at that location.
During the investigation, officers obtained information that the suspects were at the Kum & Go at 1505 N. National. Officers went to the Kum & Go and detained three suspects at that location. Further investigation by officers found stolen property from the robbery that occurred at 1700 E. Cairo in the possession of the suspects.
All three suspects were arrested and charged with first degree burglary and first degree robbery. The three suspects charged were 18-year-old Jason M. Bettendorf, 17-year-old Alexander B. Cosey and 19-year-old Michael W. Cosey. All three are from Springfield and all three are being held in the Greene County Jail with a $50,000 bond each.
Detectives continue to investigate the incident and at this time are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.
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Media Contact: Lieutenant Culley Wilson
SPD Case Number: 17-4268
Release authorized by: Lt. Culley Wilson