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Fairview Heights police believe they’ve put a stop to string of car break ins

Fairview Heights police have located the suspect and vehicle they believe is responsible for several recent car break-ins. The vehicle is described as a blue, four-door late model Chrysler 200 with Pennsylvania license plates.
Fairview Heights police have located the suspect and vehicle they believe is responsible for several recent car break-ins. The vehicle is described as a blue, four-door late model Chrysler 200 with Pennsylvania license plates. Provided photo

Fairview Heights police believe they have solved a case of who has been breaking into cars in several metro-east communities.

On Sunday officers were investigating a case of burglary from a vehicle that happened in Pleasant Ridge Park. The victim told police she saw a blue car with the radio playing loudly pull up next to her vehicle as she played with her family on the park playground, according to Lt. Mike Hoguet. The vehicle then suddenly sped away.

“Through surveillance video we were able to get some pretty good pictures that showed the make and model of the vehicle as well as the license number,” Hoguet said. “We have talked to a couple of other area departments and believe this may be related to similar cases in other communities.”

Police believe the suspect cranked up his car stereo to drown out the sound as he shattered a window of the victim’s car to get her purse inside.

At about 10 a.m. Wednesday, the car was located in Collinsville and a person of interest was taken into custody.

Hoguet said he could not yet reveal what cities police believe were also hit by the suspect. But he said it is believed the suspect is involved in those crimes, because other departments had some lesser quality surveillance images which didn’t show the plate of the vehicle but revealed it was the same model and color car.

The vehicle is a blue, four-door late model Chrysler 200 with Pennsylvania license plates. The suspect’s name has not been released because, as of noon Wednesday, the suspect has not been formally charged.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or 618-239-2626. Follow him on Twitter: @scottwuerzBND.

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