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Father, son arrested on suspicion of burglarizing Bollinger County homes

Friday, July 9, 2010

MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A tip from an alert neighbor led to the arrest of a father and son from Climax Springs, Mo., in at least two burglaries that occurred in Bollinger County.

Mark Allen Sousley, 49, and his son, Joseph Thomas Sousley, 27, were arrested Wednesday afternoon in Marble Hill after an eyewitness in Patton identified the two and the Chevrolet pickup they were in.

The witness told authorities he had seen the truck and the two men coming out of a neighbor's home, said Bollinger County Sheriff Leo McElrath. Deputy Della Moore spotted the two men driving on Highway 51, and radioed for backup officers to stop the two and detain them until she could match them with the description given.

Marble Hill Police stopped the truck around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday near the Crooked Creek bridge. McElrath said a search of the vehicle turned up evidence of two burglaries -- the one in Patton and another reported near the Bollinger/Perry county line. The men had apparently been breaking into homes and stealing only jewelry and silver, "anything that could be melted down or easily fenced," McElrath said. The sheriff said he believes the value of the stolen goods could amount to enough to charge the suspects with a felony.

It is unknown if the men had broken into any other buildings in Bollinger County or any other county in the area. Stoddard County deputies tried without success to question the men about their possible involvement in burglaries in that area, McElrath. The matter remains under investigation.

Both Sousleys are in the Bollinger County jail awaiting warrants; their truck has been impounded.

Some of the stolen items found in their truck have been identified by their owners, McElrath said.

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Isn't it special when a father and son have quality bonding time together? Hopefully now they can spend time together again while serving their jail sentences.

-- Posted by Thought Criminal on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 4:14 PM

Funny that you should comment on something you know nothing about.......just because the news reports something doesn't mean it is the whole story, nor the truth...........before you make hastely comments you should wait until the vertict is in....I find it never fails that the public oppinion of someone is always blame first, then ask questions later.....remember that they are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

-- Posted by Sister/daughter01 on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 8:05 PM


Looks like you got the rest of the family on you now.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Fri, Jul 9, 2010, at 7:33 AM

I just hat it when someone puts stolen stuff in my truck without asking!

Sister/daughter01, a verdict does not prove one's guilt or innocence. It only determines which direction the law will proceed. And it's "presumed" innocent until proven guilty.

-- Posted by malan on Fri, Jul 9, 2010, at 11:38 AM

How did I miss this article on Friday????? Mark you need to have your behind kicked and before you say anything Sister/daughter01; I do know Mark and I thought that he had more sense than this. But then I remembered an incident that happened in 1989 that Mark was involved in.

-- Posted by Hookie98 on Sun, Jul 11, 2010, at 3:06 PM

they are not bad people at all. it has not been proven that they did it.so i dont understand why you say you thought mark had more since than that. you are trying to play judge and jury just because the newspaper reports something, doesnt mean it is true. havent you ever heard the saying "dont believe everything you read."

-- Posted by tatum2010 on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 7:25 PM


In the U.S everyone is innocent until proven guilty by evidence in a court of law-not by the media, or by speculation, or by circumstance. It is important to view anyone accused of criminal conduct objectively until such time as the evidence is fully reviewed. Most of the U.S Constitution was written with the intent to uphold fairness to people accused of criminal conduct to ensure that innocent people are not convicted and punished. The U.S legal system is committed to this. So please don't insult my intelligence. Maybe you should learn how to spell before you decide nitpick on others.

-- Posted by Sister/daughter01 on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 2:05 PM

My mistake. Sorry Mark now that I know the truth. Your son should have his behind kicked not you. Mark, I hope that you are cleared of all charges. You should be. This is sad indeed.

-- Posted by Hookie98 on Sun, Aug 1, 2010, at 3:34 PM

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