Concerned dad calls police; son arrested on burglary charges

News-DemocratFebruary 4, 2014 

A father called police after he became concerned that his son was in possession of stolen goods, leading to the son's arrest in connection with string of burglaries in St. Clair, Monroe and Madison Counties.

Tyler W. Ashcraft, 18, of 202 Oliver St. in Caseyville, who already faces 21 counts of burglary from a motor vehicle and three counts of residential burglary in Monroe County, was charged on Tuesday with two counts of residential burglary in St. Clair County.

St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies were investigating three residential burglary that occurred in the county over two months. Those residential burglaries were reported:

* Dec. 18 in the 8000 block of Lakeside Drive near Caseyville.

* Jan. 11 in the 1200 block of Hollywood Heights Road near Caseyville.

* Jan. 20 in the 7900 block of Brookfield Drive near Caseyville.

Victims reported damage to their properties and stolen items including money, firearms and electronics.

On Jan. 22, Ashcraft's father called the Caseyville Police Department and his son may have stolen items, according to St. Clair County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Weymouth.

During the investigation, it was found that Ashcraft was in possession of stolen property from residential burglaries and vehicle burglaries in Monroe, Madison and St. Clair Counties, Weymouth said.

Zachary S. Wood, 18, of 212 Oliver St. in Caseyville, and James D. Garrett, 19, of 645 Hill Road in Caseyville, also were charged with one count each of residential burglary.

Ashcraft's bail was set at $250,000 in the St. Clair County case. He remains in the Madison County Jail. Wood and Garrett are in St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail each.

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