Auxvasse man arrested after lengthy search

Photo courtesy Callaway County Sheriff's Office
Michael Crum, 26, of Auxvasse
Photo courtesy Callaway County Sheriff's Office Michael Crum, 26, of Auxvasse

The Callaway County Sheriff's Office arrested an Auxvasse man Saturday after a search with a drone and K9.

At approximately 5:38 p.m. on Oct. 21, CCSO deputies investigated a report of a truck stolen from a residence on Oak Street in Auxvasse, a sheriff's office release states.

The deputies were then notified the truck was heading west on State Road E outside Auxvasse. Another resident informed deputies the vehicle was parked in the 700 block of County Road 271.

The truck's driver, Michael Crum, 26, of Auxvasse, fled into a nearby wooded area. Deputies began a lengthy search for Crum that utilized K9 Krieger, a drone with a thermal camera, and an off-duty UTV, the release states.

Deputies found Crum, who refused to stop and fled in different directions.

After an approximate 42 minutes of searching, the drone found Crum hiding in thick brush. Deputies found his location and took him into custody.

During this investigation, deputies spoke with a resident in the 700 block of County Road 721. This resident said Crum "forced his way into their locked residence, during which he displayed erratic behavior, physically assaulted them, and made demands for firearms," a release states.

The resident also said Crum struck a dog on the head and leg with a shovel before fleeing.

On Oct. 22, Crum was charged with the felony charges of tampering with a motor vehicle (first degree), resisting arrest for a felony and burglary (first degree). He was also charged with misdemeanor assault (fourth degree) and animal abuse.

Crum was denied bond by a judge. He is being held at the Callaway County Jail.

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