Pike County men arrested when drugs, stolen items found

Stolen items include bows, trophy antlers, hunting gear and more.

Four men found themselves behind bars Wednesday when the Pike County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant in Pike Station along US 54.

Kyle A. Pressnall, 27, of Pike County; Kyle B. Smith, 24, of Pearl; Shawn P. Gillman, 26, of Vandalia and Travis L. Wooldridge, 22, of Pearl were arrested and according to police, numerous items were seized as a result of the search including methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and stolen property. The stolen property involved burglaries in Pike County and Calhoun County in Illinois.

Pressnall faces charges on an in-state warrant of arrest for theft, possession of methamphetamine and burglary.

Smith is charged with possession of methamphetamine and burglary.

Gillman is charged with possession of methamphetamine and intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Wooldridge's charges are possession of methamphetamine and burglary.

Police say officials are continuing to investigate and the suspects involved in the burglaries are believed to have committed them over a period of two years. The number of burglaries exceeded 30 and most of them occurred in the Calhoun County area.

According to the Pike County Sheriff's Department, officers seized evidence from a burglary that occurred within the past several hours which had not been reported to the authorities at the time of the search.

â??This particular investigation involves several separate time periods of criminal behavior and at times included separate groups of the persons involved which can be extremely time consuming to determine who, what, when and where. Those deputies involved in the investigation are committed to identifying all victims and their property so that an accurate and true case can be made against those responsible. I commend the commitment to resolve these cases not only for the victims, but for the prosecution. It will be our goal to work closely with Calhoun County officials as the majority of this crime spree has occurred in their jurisdiction,â?? Sheriff Paul F. Petty stated.

All four men are lodged in the Pike County Jail pending a court appearance.

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