The Van Buren Police Department arrested a naked man Saturday in downtown after he was allegedly breaking into cars.
Robert Earl Woods of Mulberry was arrested Saturday night following a 9 p.m. call to police about a person being chased through the streets of downtown Van Buren. Woods had allegedly been caught breaking into a man's vehicle at Fifth and Jefferson streets.
"The victim had been at a church event in downtown and found the man when he arrived back at his vehicle," a Van Buren police news release states. "It was later determined that the naked man had broken into three businesses and two vehicles while in the downtown area."
As officers were canvassing the area, they found an open door to a business in the 400 block of Main Street and followed a fresh blood trail into the building, the release adds. The suspect was not inside, but a short time later police found the suspect’s clothing inside a vehicle that had been broken into. Woods left his wallet in his pants along with his Missouri driver’s license, police say.
Officers were eventually able to find the suspect’s vehicle in the downtown area and continued to search the area when a dispatcher received a report of a man "moaning" in the area of Sixth and Webster streets.
Police found Woods trapped inside of an attic crawlspace at 512 Webster. The distance from the attic to the ground was about 15 feet. The Van Buren Fire Department was called to assist in getting Woods out of the crawlspace.
Woods was arrested on charges of commercial burglary, criminal mischief, breaking and entering, felony theft of property, indecent exposure and public intoxication on drugs.