Crime

Police search for suspect cutting through roof to steal from 2 Cahokia restaurants

Taco Bell break-in

Police say a suspect cut a hole in the roof of the Taco Bell restaurant on Camp Jackson Road in Cahokia, IL on Saturday, August 17, 2019, and then broke into the safe and stole over $2,500. The business was closed for two days but reopened Monday.
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Police say a suspect cut a hole in the roof of the Taco Bell restaurant on Camp Jackson Road in Cahokia, IL on Saturday, August 17, 2019, and then broke into the safe and stole over $2,500. The business was closed for two days but reopened Monday.

Police are looking for the person who cut the through the roofs of two Cahokia restaurants, climbed inside and stole more than $5,000.

In the most recent burglary, Saturday at Taco Bell, located at 1616 Camp Jackson Road, the suspect cut a hole in the roof of the business to let himself in. Once inside, he cut the door hinges off the safe and stole over $2,500, Capt. Dennis Plew said. Employees called police about 6:45 a.m. to report the theft.

In a similar robbery Aug. 8 at Kentucky Fried Chicken at 1691 Camp Jackson Road, “the suspect cut a hole in the roof, dropped down into the business through the ceiling went into the office, cut the door off of the safe and took over $2,500,” Plew said.

Police are trying to connect the two robberies, Plew said. “The method of entry is the same. And the method of taking more than $2,500 is the same.”

Plew said police are looking into all possibilities but he said police are not looking specifically at current or past employees.

Police are looking at video surveillance from the businesses. From the video, police determined the suspect entered the Taco Bell at about 3:30 a.m. and the KFC about 4:30 a.m. on the day of the robberies.

Anyone with information to help police solve these crimes is urged to call the Cahokia Police Department at 618-337-9505.

Carolyn P. Smith has worked for the Belleville News-Democrat for 18 years and currently covers breaking news in the Metro-East. She graduated from the Journalism School at the University of Missouri at Columbia and says news is in her DNA.
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