A Salem man faces felony charges in connection to allegedly breaking into a rural Phelps County residence on Wednesday, according to documents filed in circuit court.
Buck Prater, 28, is charged with felony counts of first-degree burglary and first-degree tampering. His bond was set at $50,000.
Deputies with the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department responded at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday to a burglary in progress reported in the 13000 block of County Road 3200 in Phelps County, according to the case’s probable cause report. A sheriff’s department press release details troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and officers with the Rolla Police Department also responded.
Upon arrival, Prater was found inside of a pick-up truck parked in the home’s garage. When interviewed by law enforcement, Prater claimed to have been shot in the head and to be hiding from assailants. A subsequent inspection of Prater’s head and the surrounding vicinity did not locate any evidence of bullet holes.
The report details Prater has one previous conviction for tampering in his criminal history.