Metro-East News

Teenage boy is suspect in rash of vehicle break-ins, stolen car

Marine police officers have identified one suspect — a 15-year-old boy — in a rash of vehicle break-ins reported between 2:45 a.m. and 6 a.m. May 6.

Police Chief Chris Singleton said 12 vehicle break-ins were reported in addition to a stolen car in Marine between Brase Court and North Verson Street, within a three-block radius.

He noted that another stolen car from Granite City was dumped in Marine early in the morning of May 8, around the same time the other car was reportedly taken in Marine.

“... About 24 hours later we received a call from the Jerseyville Police Department stating they had several break-ins and they located paperwork with our victim’s name thrown out near one of their parks,” Singleton said.

He said investigators were able to collect fingerprints from the recovered car and believe the incidents are connected.

“The suspect is a missing juvenile — he’s already been questioned by another agency,” Singleton said. “We don’t believe he acted alone; it is an ongoing investigation — we have a few people we are looking at.”

While Singleton wouldn’t release information about the suspect because he is a juvenile, he did confirm the teenager lives in the metro-east.