The burglar who broke in three buildings at the Seymour R-II School District and took thousands of dollars in cash in November 2018 is headed to prison.

Curtis Barton plead guilty on April 6 to three counts of second-degree burglary in connection with the Nov. 16, 2018, crime and was given a nine-year sentence at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green, a Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) prison.

When Barton entered the local school roughly 1-1/2 years ago, he was at the crime scene for more than two hours.

He was in the middle and high schools, as well as at the administration building.

“(Barton) only took cash,” Sgt. Chase Davis of the Seymour Police Department said.

Barton was caught in the burglary after an investigation led by Davis.

“He gave a full confession with a written apology,” Davis said of Barton. “(Barton) told us how he broke in and how he conducted the burglary. He entered the middle- and high-school buildings.

“He also broke in to the administration building by kicking in the back door. In all of the buildings, the only thing Mr. Barton was seeking was cash. And he came out with a pretty good amount of it.”

Davis noted that Barton also was implicated in burglaries at several schools in Ozark County.

“It’s good he’s now behind bars in a state prison,” Davis concluded.

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