An Imperial, Mo., man has been charged in connection with a theft from a vehicle, Fairview Heights Police said.
Michael M.D. Tayon, 36, was charged with one count of burglary and had his bail set $60,000, police said.
On Thursday, about 3:20 p.m., Tayon was reportedly seen breaking into a vehicle in the parking lot of Winchester Plaza, police said. He eventually was seen riding a bicycle and holding two purses or bags.
Police said they then saw Tayon on his bicycle, and he threw evidence into a lake and rode away. He eventually ran off, jumped a fence at the Winchester Apartment complex, and ran onto Smelting Works Road.
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Tayon was eventually caught by officers and taken into custody without incident, police said.
The officers, along with Winchester Apartment maintenance workers, were able to retrieve a black bag and brown purse, which were thrown into the lake, police said.
Fairview Heights Police said evidence was recovered that indicates additional car break-ins were committed by Tayon, and the department is actively working with Belleville Police on the case.