Lacy Lakeview police issued an arrest warrant for a suspect they nicknamed “Sticky Fingers,” who allegedly burglarized a convenience store last week, Police Chief John Truehitt confirmed Monday.

Police got a warrant for Douglas Wayne Speights, 29, of Lacy Lakeview, for the burglary of Rida Corner Store, 2232 Air Base Road, at about 2:20 a.m. on Wednesday. Truehitt said police have substantial evidence tying Speights to the burglary and despite interviewing Speights about the incident, Speights has refused to turn himself in.

Police were called to the Rida Corner Store after an alarm system notified authorities of a break-in. Police arrived and determined the business had been forcibly entered by at least one suspect who broke glass and removed some bricks on the exterior of the business while the store was closed.

Inside the store, police found a hat from a Bruceville-Eddy business and other clothing that was allegedly left behind from the suspected burglar. After reviewing surveillance video, Officer Casey Lander nicknamed Speights “Sticky Fingers” for taking several items, including cash, from the business.

Truehitt said Speights had visited the store at about 9:30 p.m., before the burglary.

Police released the surveillance images on social media and received several tips from the public. Truehitt said detectives identified the man as Speights, who was arrested this spring for allegedly burglarizing another local business and stealing an air compressor.

Anyone with information about Speights’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Lacy Lakeview Police Department at 799-2479.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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