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Granite City man charged in Glen Carbon burglary, carjacking case that left one dead

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A Granite City man faces multiple felony charges in connection with an attempted burglary and carjacking that left another suspect dead in March.

Tony J. Turner, 59, was charged with one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking, two counts of attempted aggravated vehicular hijacking, one count of burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary on Wednesday.

On March 16, a witness saw Turner and another man breaking into the jewelry counter at Sam’s Club in Glen Carbon, according to a release from the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. The other man fled on foot and fired a gun at a witness who was chasing him. He then hijacked a car from the PetSmart parking lot and drove into Macoupin County.

A foot pursuit with police later ensued and he fired a shot, striking a trooper in the hand. The trooper returned fire and fatally struck the man.

According to the release, Turner fled the scene in a red four-door vehicle. Glen Carbon police were able to get the plate number of that car and a witness identified him by surveillance footage from Sam’s. Police took Turner into custody at his home in Granite City on Wednesday.

Turner’s bail was set at $750,000. If convicted, he could face up to six to 30 years for the aggravated vehicular hijacking charge and a possible 15-year enhancement for the use of a firearm, the release stated.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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