Caseyville residents returned home Wednesday to find a man parked outside who said he was using the restroom, but police said he was actually stealing the copper plumbing out of the people's mobile home and a second one, too.
Darryl K. Scofield, 35, of 807 N. 23rd St., East St. Louis, was charged Thursday by the St. Clair County State's Attorney's office with two counts of residential burglary and one count of being in possession of a burglary tool. He is currently being held at the St. Clair. County jail.
Caseyville Police Interim Chief Scott Miller said police were called at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday about a burglary in progress at 3 Covina Court. The owners told police that when they arrived home they saw the suspect's vehicle parked by their mobile home. They blocked the suspect's vehicle with theirs and asked what he was doing there. The suspect told them he was using the restroom. They saw a bunch of copper in the suspect's car, Miller said.
Police discovered that the suspect also removed a bunch of copper fittings and pipes from another trailer, Miller said.