A St. James man broke into a home and was held at gunpoint by the homeowner until Maries County police arrived and arrested him.
49-year-old Michael E. Gaither was arrested for burglary, stealing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools.
Wednesday evening, the Maries County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call that the homeowner caught Gaither stealing items from his house. The homeowner and a neighbor held Gaither at gunpoint until deputies arrived.
They located several bags of suspected methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, prescription pills, and burglary tools on Gaither. The Sheriffâ??s Office also recovered suspected stolen items from St. James, as well as all the stolen property from the residence.
â??The suspect is very lucky he wasnâ??t legally shot in this situation," said Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman. "I am big supporter of the second amendment, and with the victims help this career criminal has been brought back to justice."