A stolen property investigation also results in a drug arrest. Hannibal Police say they contacted 40-year-old Burton Whittaker of Hannibal Monday in a residence in the 1900 block of Hope. After receiving consent to search the property, officers found a large amount of what is believed to be marijuana in the battery compartment of a work site radio.

Police say Whittaker fled and was found a short time later in a residence in the 1800 block of Hope. Whittaker faces charges of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

Whittaker was placed on a 24 hour hold in the Marion County Jail.

Hannibal Police Department

Press release from the Hannibal Police Department

On Monday, September 14, officers of the Hannibal Police Department contacted 40 year old Burton L Whittaker, of Hannibal, at a residence in the 1900 block of Hope St in connection to a stolen property investigation. After receiving consent to search the property, officers located a large amount of what is believed to be marijuana, inside the battery compartment of a work site radio. Whittaker fled the scene on foot and was located a short time later hiding in a residence in the 1800 block of Hope St. Whittaker was arrested on charges of Manufacture and Delivery a Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest. He was placed on a 24 hour hold at the Marion County Jail.

A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is, of course, presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.