Two Men from Sikeston Put in Jail on Stealing, Weapons and Drug Charges

Two Sikeston men face stealing, drug and weapons charges following their arrest in Sikeston. The two men were identified as Mark Mathis and Jake E. Barker. At 11:28 a.m. on December 17, 2020 An o fficer with Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to Main Street in reference to a vehicle being tampered with, officials say. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with employees inside. He later stated he observed video of a male wearing a blue hoodie that said “Missouri” walk up to a vehicle and attempt to open several of its doors. The male then walked over to the building and struck two cameras on the building and he was able to identify the male in the video as Mathis. There was a second, unknown male walking with Mathis in the video. The officer went to Mathis’ residence, where Mathis was placed under arrest for tampering. During an interview with the officer, Mathis said it was him that attempted to open the doors on the vehicle, and he was high on methamphetamine at the time of the incident. He told the officer he was attempting to get inside of the vehicle to steal money, according to the officer. During the interview, Mathis confessed to the officer another burglary that occurred on December 13, 2020 in the 600 block of Matthews Street in Sikeston. Mathis reportedly told the officer he often trades tools and stolen items to an individual he identified as Barker for methamphetamine and morphine pills. Based on the information that Mathis provided in the interview, the DPS officer obtained a search warrant for Barker’s residence and served it at 5:49 p.m. December 17, 2020. In the warrant search, the officer recovered the stolen laptop valued at over $800 in Barker’s possession along with multiple baggies of methamphetamine and morphine pills. Barker was in possession of scales and other paraphernalia related to distribution of a controlled substance. The officer also recovered a loaded 20-gauge shot gun located near the narcotics and stolen property. Barker was placed under arrest. Bond for Barker was set at $50,000 cash or surety, and he is to have no contact with the victim or victim’s property. Bond for Mathis was set at $35,000 cash or surety, and Mathis is to have no contact with the victim or victim’s property.



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