A broken window and Anthony Caruthers: the two discoveries police made when they were called to a home in the Dutchtown neighborhood back in July.
Caruthers was trying to open a window in the back of a home that was for sale. Officers found him with a screwdriver in hand. Inside, the furnace was damaged and a dishwasher had been removed from the wall.
This was far from the first time Caruthers had been caught on the wrong side of the law.
Just over two years before, Caruthers pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary. Two years before that—another conviction for second-degree burglary.
“The defendant was on probation to this court for two separate burglaries at the time he committed this offense—the exact same crime,” said Assistant Circuit Attorney Matt Martin in court documents.
Last week, Caruthers was sentenced to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for second-degree burglary and possession of burglar tools. His probation was also revoked, forcing him to serve the original sentence concurrent to this sentence.
Concerned residents from Dutchtown attended the sentencing and submitted letters to voice their concerns about the impact that crime has in their neighborhood.