A Collinsville man has been charged in connection with a spree of shed burglaries in Madison County.
Jeffery C. Miller, 52, of 522 Wadsworth, has been charged with five counts of burglary for stealing from five separate locations in the area, according to Madison County Sheriff's Department Chief of Detectives T. Mike Dixon.
Dixon said other similar burglary cases remain unsolved and there may be one or more other thieves working the area.
"Based on some other information including descriptions of vehicles we think there might be someone else in the area working independently," Dixon said.
The Madison County Sheriff's Department began to receive reports in late September about items being stolen from sheds, outbuildings and vehicles in rural areas around Troy and Edwardsville. The thefts included chain saws, generators, welders, yard equipment and tools.
"We believe the motivation was to provide for a drug habit," Dixon said of the reason for Miller's robberies.
Extra patrols were set up for the area, and last week Miller was linked to two of the burglaries, Dixon said. When his residence was searched, Dixon said evidence was found to tie Miller to the three other crimes.
Judge Keith Jensen set Miller's bail at $150,000. Miller remains in the custody of the Madison County Jail.
Anyone who has encountered suspicious activity or who suspects someone of being involved in burglaries in the rural areas around Troy is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff's Office at 692-0871.
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