Mar. 28, 2014
Pratt County Sheriff’s Officers have been busy investigating burglaries and a stolen car since, early morning Mar. 27.
Shortly after 8:00 a.m. a 2000 Mercury was discovered in field just north of Iuka. Shortly after finding the abandoned Mercury, Sheriff’s Officers got a call that a vehicle had been stolen from a garage at an occupied residence northeast of Iuka.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. Sheriff’s Officers were called the scene of another burglary approximately 7 miles north of Cullison.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Mar, 28, the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residential burglary approximately 8 miles north of Cullison and the individual was in the house. The homeowner discovered him in the residence. A deputy quickly took the suspect, William Landon Hlavachick, 19, of Pratt, into custody. He was booked into the Pratt County Jail for Aggravated Burglary and Criminal Trespass. There is no bond as of this date.
Following leads from this burglary, sheriff’s officers followed footprints and tire tracks from the burglary 8 miles north of Cullison and located the stolen car that was reported first thing on the morning of March 27. The 2005 Lincoln was found approximately 12 miles west and 8 miles north of Pratt.
As sheriff’s officers continued to follow leads they discovered another burglary and notified the owners of a building approximately 8 miles north and 9 miles west of Pratt. Sheriff’s Officers also recovered many items that were stolen while tracking the suspect on foot from one crime scene to another.
Sheriff’s officers worked non-stop on these cases for nearly 36 hours. The work involved a lot of back country tracking and following other leads.
These burglaries are still being investigated and further charges or arrests may follow.
No other information is available at this time.