Belleville city clerk reports car burglary

News-DemocratMay 1, 2014 

— City Clerk Dallas Cook reported to police that someone broke into his car.

The car was parked in a carport in the back of his home in the 600 block of Lucinda Avenue near the MetroLink station at Scheel Street.

Cook said the break-in likely occurred between 10 p.m. April 23 and 8 a.m. April 24.

The responding police officer did not see any signs of forced entry or damage and said in her report the Chrysler 300 was "likely unlocked." But Cook later filed a statement with the Police Department that said he found damage after the officer left. "We found clear damage to the driver's side door making it evident that the door was locked...," Cook wrote.

"They broke off the center console, threw stuff around, stole the change ... dug through absolutely everything," Cook said in an interview. "They pulled the door a little bit open and jammed something in there so now the door doesn't close properly."

Cook initially told police a $2,000 diamond necklace was stolen but he later found it in the glove box. The necklace had been put in the car because Cook's wife was going to take it to a repair shop.

Cook, who was elected in April 2013, said that though he believes the incident was random, being burglarized is unnerving.

"I used to think nothing of leaving my front door unlocked when I went to sleep so obviously you feel violated because you're sleeping as someone breaks into your car right outside your door," Cook said.

Cook released the police report to the News-Democrat after Capt. Don Sax declined to release the report because the investigation was ongoing.

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