Two Men Arrested For Burglary In Eastern Douglas County

Michael Bunts
Michael Bunts
Ronald Watkins
Ronald Watkins

On Friday, Oct. 4, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to AE Highway on a report of a burglary in progress in northeastern Douglas County. The homeowner initially had the vehicle blocked in as deputies were responding.
The suspect drove off the drive way and went around the homeowner and fled the scene, leaving behind an accomplice that fled into the woods.
Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase notified Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler and Missouri State Highway Patrol of the vehicle information. One of the suspects, Michael Bunts, 36, of Mtn. Grove, was taken into custody by Sheriff Adler after he met the vehicle on Cherokee Road in Wright County.
Inside Bunts’ vehicle were items allegedly stolen from the Douglas County residence.  Requests for warrants have been filed with the Douglas County Prosecutor.
A search began for the subject that fled on foot and he was later located by a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper walking at the intersection of Highways AE and 95 in Douglas County. The male subject fled on foot, which resulted in a search by numerous officers from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Mtn. Grove Police Department.
The search was terminated around 2 p.m. with the subject not located.
The suspect had fled into a heavily wooded area near the Douglas and Wright county line. Sheriff Degase said officers were able to identify the man as Ronald Watkins, 36, of Mtn. Grove.
Watkins has a pending warrant out of Douglas County for theft of a credit card which is a result of a case worked by Deputy Nathan Long earlier in the year. Watkins is accused of using credit cards that were stolen from vehicles while they were parked at church.
Around 7 p.m. on the evening of Oct. 4, Watkins was arrested by Deputy Long on Highway AD after he walked up to a residence.
Watkins once again tried to evade Deputy Long, however, he was apprehended after a short incident in a dairy barn lot.
Sheriff Degase would like to thank all the agencies that assisted with the situation which resulted in the success of this case, along with the actions taken by the landowner and his ability to provide law enforcement with a good description of the suspects.