Three men were charged Saturday in connection with residential burglaries in Belleville and detectives believe they are responsible for several more burglaries throughout the metro-east.
Belleville police said the following men were charged:
* Wadell R. Savage, 18, of 7110 Church Lane in East St. Louis, was charged with residential burglary in connection with a burglary in the 300 block of Lucinda Avenue in Belleville. He also was charged with attempted residential burglary in a Fairview Heights case.
* Michael E. Rencher, 19, of 1229 North 17th St. Apt. 10 in Belleville, was charged with residential burglary in connection with the Lucinda Avenue burglary. He also was charged with residential burglary in connection with a burglary on March 25 in the 300 block of North 42nd Street in Belleville.
* Vincent K. Pitts, 22, of 711 N. 28th St. in Belleville, was charged with one count of residential burglary in connection with the burglary in the 300 block of North 42nd Street in Belleville.
Detectives were investigating several residential burglaries when officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Lucinda Avenue in Belleville.
The homeowner reported he was in his residence when he heard a loud noise from the rear of his home. Then, the homeowner found a man standing in his kitchen. The victim yelled at the subject to leave the residence, and the suspect ran out the rear door, according to a report from Belleville Police Department.
The victim chased the suspect, who entered a blue older model Ford Taurus and backed out of the victim's driveway. The victim saw the license plate number on the car and provided that number to the police dispatcher.
Belleville police alerted surrounding agencies with a radio broadcast relaying the suspect vehicle information. A St. Clair County Sheriff's deputy located the suspect vehicle in East St. Louis. A traffic stop was conducted and the three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody without incident, police said.
As a result of this investigation, detectives were able to link Rencher and Pitts in connection to a residential burglary on March 25 in the 300 block of North 42nd Street in Belleville. The resident at that home found his home had been broken into and several items missing.
Bail for Savage was set at $150,000; bail for Rencher was set at $150,000; and Pitts' bail was set at $100,000.
All three subjects are being held at the Belleville Police Department. Detectives continued to investigate additional cases to see if they could be related.