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Two charged with burglary after police catch them on roof of store

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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.
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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.

Two men were taken from a rooftop in East St. Louis to the St. Clair County Jail last week.

Kaalon S. Hill, 24, and Lee E. Barnes, 45, are each charged with burglary, attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Hill and Barnes were discovered on the roof of A&S Market at 1000 Martin Luther King Drive in East St. Louis early on Thursday morning, police told KMOV news. The station reported that the fire department assisted in getting the men down from the roof.

Hill has had previous convictions, including battery causing bodily harm and assault, for which he was sentenced to time served. He has been booked into St. Clair County Jail 15 times since January 2013 according to jail records. Hill’s bail was set at $60,000.

Barnes had been sentenced in 2012 on a felony burglary charge to seven years but was released early for good behavior. Had he served the complete sentence he would have been released in May of 2019. His bond amount for the latest charges is $60,000, but he cannot be released on bond, according to the St. Clair County Jail, because of the probation violation. He has been booked into the St. Clair County Jail 22 times since 1990.

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.


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