A man broke into Mizzou Arena with a vehicle and drove through several gates, even reaching the basketball court, while causing extensive damage early Sunday morning.
According to ABC 17 News’ Kelsey Kerwin, the man turned himself in on Sunday around 5 p.m. ET, about 12 hours after the incident reportedly occurred at 5 a.m.
The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Nathaniel Conant from Columbia, was arrested on suspicion of two felonies: second-degree burglary (Class D felony) and first-degree property damage (Class E felony). As of now, he’s released on bond.
The path of the break-in, based on the police investigation, began through a closed gate on the south side of the arena and through a closed garage door that led into the dock area.
The person then made his way to the arena, even reaching the basketball court according to KTGR SportsWire’s Jeff Parles, while damaging “a couple” golf carts before exiting through the same dock door that the person entered.
— Jeff Parles (@jeffparles) June 26, 2017
The driver, behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Passat according to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, then drove through the press gate located on the rear side of Mizzou Arena and fled.
The story gets even stranger as Matter also revealed that Conant is already known by Missouri’s athletics department.
The suspect arrested for crashing car into Mizzou Arena is listed in Mizzou database an events assistant for SEC Network thru athletics dept
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) June 26, 2017
Although it wasn’t originally known if Conant still held that position with the university, Matter later confirmed through a university spokesperson that Conant “is no longer employed by Mizzou.”
Although an estimate of the damage is still being put together, MUPD is expecting it to be around $100,000.