Burglary suspect waives hearing

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Scott Pierce

A Cape Girardeau man accused of burglarizing local businesses and homes in recent weeks waived his preliminary hearing in a Jackson courtroom Monday.

Scott W. Pierce, 30, was in court for the first time since he was charged in the break-ins of two Cape Girardeau bars and two homes in the county. Pierce, who appeared for Monday's arraignment via video from the Cape Girardeau County Jail, requested to skip the next step, the preliminary hearing, and asked that his case to be sent to the circuit-court level.

The move frees prosecutors from meeting the burden of probable cause at the lower-court level.

Judge Gary Kamp granted the request Monday and assigned Pierce to Judge Benjamin Lewis. Pierce's next court date is 9 a.m. Jan. 14.

Pierce was charged Dec. 20 with second-degree burglary and stealing in connection with burglaries of Whiskey River, 1444 Independence St., and Rhymer's on the Plaza, 10 S. Plaza Way.

Police said Pierce took about $4,000 from games, registers and safes. Charges added the next day included residential burglaries on Kelley Court and Oakshire Circle. Police said Pierce stole jewelry, a cellphone, power tools and a gun.

He is represented by Patrick Davis.

Pertinent addresses:

10 S. Plaza Way, Cape Girardeau, MO

1444 Independence St., Cape Girardeau, MO

207 Kelley Court, Cape Girardeau, MO

2756 Oakshire Circle, Cape Girardeau, MO

Map of pertinent addresses

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