Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:53
Police in the metro east say they have broken up a suspected three county burglary ring in Illinois after a father came forward and turned in his son.
Fox 2 reports that police have arrested four suspects and are looking for a fifth. Authorities says they were behind nearly 30 home and car break-ins in Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe Counties, from Hollywood Heights area near Caseyville down to Columbia, Illinois, authorities said.
All of the crimes occurred in December and January.
St. Clair County Sheriff, Rick Watson, said the suspects stole hundreds of items, including firearms, worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Fox2 says 18 year old Tyler Ashcraft, of Caseyville, is the accused ring leader. Ashcraft’s father alerted police investigators who tied Ashcraft to three home burglaries and 21 car break-ins in Columbia.
Sheriff Watson says he applauds Ashcraft's father for doing the right thing, especially with the theft of multiple handguns and long guns.
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