Two accused of breaking into Farm Fresh store twice for cigarettes

News-DemocratMarch 10, 2014 

Two rural East Alton men face felony burglary charges in connection with breaking into a convenience store twice and stealing cartons of cigarettes and boxes of cigars.

The two men charged Monday are Keaton J. Weller, 18, of 554 Spruce St., and Skylar W. Martin, 19, of the same address, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

Police said they have evidence linking Weller and Martin to a break-in about 4:30 a.m. Friday at the Farm Fresh store at 740 E. Airline Drive in East Alton and a Nov. 21 break-in.

Two suspects used the same technique in both crimes: They smashed through the business' front glass door, and one stood watch while the other went inside and grabbed the merchandise. Both suspects wore hoodie sweatshirts and baseball caps to conceal their faces.

A resident on her way to work on Friday called police after she saw two suspects leaving the store, heading south across East Airline. Police searched the area with a K-9 unit but did not find the suspects.

After police released surveillance video images of the burglars, someone called the Sheriff's Department Friday with information that led investigators to Weller and Martin.

Weller and Martin remained in custody Monday at the Madison County Jail. Judge Richard Tognarelli set bail for each man at $75,000.

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