A lengthy standoff in rural Pulaski County on Monday preceded the arrest of a man suspected of stealing property from rented storage units in Phelps County. Rex Cook, 41, of Newburg faces two charges of receiving stolen property. Detectives say more charges could follow.
The thefts from the storage units were in early February. Officers from Phelps County, Rolla, Newburg, Doolittle, St. Robert and Pulaski County worked together on the investigation. They served three search warrants in Phelps County one in Pulaski County. The raids recovered property valued at about $25,000 and led to charges against Cook.
On Feb. 21, officers executed a search warrant in Pulaski County and recovered more stolen property. They arrested Christopher Seldin, 34 of Dixon, for receiving stolen property. On the same day, Cook fled from the scene in a car and escaped.
On Monday, a Phelps County detective found Cook at a home in the 20000 block of Hamlet Lane in Pulaski County. The detective contacted the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to capture Cook, who had an active warrant for nonsupport.
Officers surrounded the home and Cook barricaded himself inside. After a lengthy standoff, a Rolla Police Department dog was used and Cook “voluntarily surrendered.” He’s now in jail in lieu of two bonds for $250,000.