Editor’s note: The following incidents were listed among the official reports of local law enforcement agencies and court clerks. Readers are reminded that an arrest or charge does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination.
Sheriff is on the lookout for camper thieves
Over the past week the Madison County Sheriff’s Office has taken three separate reports of stolen camper trailers. The thefts are believed to have occurred on or about Nov. 19 or 20. Two of the trailers were stolen from an exterior storage facility in the 400 block of Tolle Lane in Godfrey and a third from the 3000 block of VFW Lane in Collinsville.
The camper trailers are described as follows:
▪ A white, Jayco, 32-foot travel trailer with Eagle emblems and maroon and blue/gray striping, with Illinois Registration 543 433, valued at $50,000;
▪ A gray in color, Open Range, 40-foot, fifth-wheel trailer with Illinois Registration valued at $55,000; and
▪ A brown, Jayco, 32-foot travel trailer with a mountain scene painted on the front of it, Illinois Registration 650 603, valued at $25,000.
Based upon the unusual nature of these thefts, as well as the belief that they were stolen on or about the same day, police it is possible that the three events are connected.
If you currently have a camper trailer stored at a facility, away from your home, the sheriff’s office suggests owners respond check to ensure their trailer has not stolen. Contact local law enforcement if your camper trailer is missing.
The sheriff’s office also strongly recommends that if you store your personal effects, vehicles, or camper trailers at a storage facility that you choose one that is equipped with surveillance cameras and coded entry. These security features will often deter offenders and/or aid investigators in identifying and apprehending suspects.
Anyone having information related to these thefts are asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at the following numbers:
▪ (618) 692-4433, Dispatch Center, or
▪ (618) 296-3000 Anonymous Tip Line.
Car chase through metro-east leads to 8 arrests
Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) announced on Monday that charges have been filed against the eight, seven men and one woman, who led multiple police agencies on a pursuit.
The following persons, all from Chicago, have all been charged with theft, a Class 2 felony: Terrence J. Bell, 25; Darius O. Bowdry, 21; Julian C. Campbell, 22; Derrick Crowder, 24; Jacob A. Lee, 27; Keyshyla S. Thomas, 22; Mario Washington, 24; and Dejaun D. Winguard, 21.
ISP gave the following account of the incident: On the morning of Nov. 26 multiple suspects, including the eight above, were involved in a theft from Saks Fifth Avenue department store at Plaza Frontenac in St. Louis, Mo. The suspects fled the scene in two different vehicles. Initial calls to 911 indicated that there were shots fired from suspects in the fleeing vehicles.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., one of the vehicles was spotted in Illinois on I-55 near Maryville. A Maryville police officer tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle refused to stop and fled. A pursuit was initiated and continued northbound on I-55.
The fleeing vehicle struck spike strips around Mount Olive, disabling one of the tires. The fleeing vehicle continued north on I-55 and exited at Litchfield. The pursuit continued through Litchfield for a short time, and then the fleeing vehicle again entered I-55 northbound.
At approximately 11:10 a.m., the fleeing vehicle entered the center median south of Farmersville and came to a stop.
Eight subjects fled from the vehicle on foot, but all were caught and arrested.
The eight subjects charged, and those who remain at large, are believed to be involved in a theft ring that has struck high-end retail establishments in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio, according to ISP. The theft ring is believed to be responsible for $1.9 million worth of stolen goods and damages, police said.
“I am proud of all the officers involved in this incident,” stated ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “The teamwork of multiple police agencies was integral in apprehending the subjects. The professionalism and dedication exhibited by the officers helped to ensure the safety of innocent motorists and the fleeing subjects.”
Agencies involved in stopping the fleeing vehicle include the Illinois State Police, Hamel, Maryville, Litchfield, and Taylor Springs Police Departments, and the Macoupin and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Departments.
HPD misdemeanor warrant arrests
▪ Tristen, G. Hastings, 19, of Highland was arrested on Nov. 23 on a warrant from HPD for failure to appear in court on a charge of not having a visible license plate/registration. He was released on his own recognizance.
▪ Correy A. Miller, 30, of Highland was arrested on Nov. 23 on a warrant from Troy police for failure to appear in court on charges of speeding and driving while having a suspended/revoked license.
HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations
▪ Abasa Brown, 40, of Alton was charged with failure to give information after striking an unattended vehicle or other property.
▪ No tickets issued.
▪ Aaron Eller, 21, of Trenton was charged with driving without lights when required, illegal transportation of alcohol, failure to signal when required, and driving under the influence of alcohol.
▪ Five juveniles, a 9-year-old boy, a 10-year-old boy, two 11-year-old boys, and a 10-year-old girl, all of Highland, were charged with destroying property for allegedly breaking light bulbs on Christmas displays belonging to the city of Highland.
▪ Rick Johnson, 55, of Highland was charged with driving while having a revoked license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.
▪ Jordan Hustedde, 31, of Granite City was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and having an expired vehicle registration.
▪ No tickets issued.