A man linked by police to a methamphetamine lab found at the Terrace Motel was arrested, thanks to an anonymous caller who helped police locate him.
Bart Grissom, 33, a transient, has been charged by the St. Clair County State's Attorney with aggravated participation in meth manufacturing, unlawful possession of meth, both class X felonies, the unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials and resisting a peace officer.
On April 3 emergency personnel responded to a fire call at the Terrace Motel in Room 21 on South Belt West. When police arrived, they saw smoke and noted items consistent with methamphetamine production. The St. Clair County Drug Tactical Unit was called in and investigators discovered a working meth lab, according to St. Clair County Lt. Kurt Eversman. Additional investigation discovered Grissom had been staying in the room and was wanted on an active probation warrant.
Police asked the public to help them find Grissom. On Saturday an anonymous caller who saw an article in the Belleville News-Democrat called the Belleville Police Department and indicated Grissom could be found at the Best Royal Inn at 1438 Centreville Avenue in Belleville.
Members of the Belleville Police Department's patrol division, street crimes unit and the K-9 unit set up surveillance on the motel. While they were watching for Grissom, Belleville Police Officer Tim Lay heard rustling in the weeds near the motel and saw a man crawling on his hands and knees through the woods toward the motel.
When Lay approached the man, he took off running. After a short foot pursuit, Grissom was caught and arrested while he attempted to climb over a fence.
"This case is a perfect example of cooperation between the public, the Belleville Police Department, the Sheriff's Department and the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office," Eversman said.
His bail was set at $250,000 and he remains in custody at the St. Clair County Jail.
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