The Marion County Sheriff's Office now reports that deputies responded to a residence on County Road 401 Wednesday night to the report of a burglary.
The homeowner there, who retired from the Army approximately four years ago, told police that he recognized the rucksack and uniform the suspect was wearing in the photo on the news as his property.
The burglary victims told deputies they heard something in the garage the night before, on July 8, however, they did not check on it. They went to the garage and discovered his rucksack was missing along with food items from the refrigerator in the garage, police say.
The owner told deputies that judging from the photo, the suspect had ripped the patches from the uniform.
Deputies said the rucksack contained numerous pairs of digital camouflage uniforms and black and brown boots.
Concern over the suspect in question began on Tuesday at approximately 8:30 a.m. on County Road 361 off of Highway 61 in Marion County when a woman confronted a man in the garage of her home and he ran. Police believe he was stealing gas.
Police say as many as three stolen vehicles could possibly be connected to the suspect.
Police advise residents to lock their homes and remove keys from vehicles. They do not believe that there are any weapons involved.
Detectives are networking with Missouri, Illinois and Iowa authorities in a joint effort to identify the suspect.
If you have any information about the suspect, please contact Detective Tyler Wheeler at 573-769-2077.