A St. Louis man is behind bars after he allegedly tried to sell stolen items on Craigslist.
KMOV reports that Michael Perez allegedly broke into a pair of cars in Wildwood on Sunday. One of the victims called police after he saw what he believed was his radar jammer for sale on Craigslist. The man set up a meeting with Perez and when Perez arrived for the sale, police arrested him. Officers say they determine the radar detector had been stolen.
A search of the suspect's home revealed other stolen property including cash, jewelry and electronics. Perez now faces multiple charges related to the thefts.
Police believe they have one captured one of two suspects who were involved in a series of car break-ins.
The crimes occurred overnight. Police say the two men entered six cars that were parked in the 5800 block of Walsh and Delor. Investigators say all of the cars were unlocked. Police chased the suspects from the scene, but caught only one. Officers used a stun gun to subdue the suspect.
The search continues for the second suspect.
EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Two central Illinois men are facing charges after authorities say they stole more than $1 million in equipment from Caterpillar Inc.
John R. Peters, 50, of East Peoria, and 35-year-old Eliot J. Wells, of Peoria, are each being held on $500,000 bond in the Tazewell County Jail. Both have ties to the Peoria-based heavy equipment maker. Peters used to work for Caterpillar, while Wells is a current employee.
Court document show the stolen machinery was being sold on eBay.
It wasn't clear if the two men had retained attorneys. Peters' phone rang unanswered Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wells' number wasn't listed.
Caterpillar officials said in a statement that they're working with authorities as part of the investigation into the thefts.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Officials at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have discovered a $3.4 million theft by an employee who died in a December car accident.
School leaders told The Boston Globe an internal investigation found that for five years financial analyst Leo Villani siphoned funds from payments intended for the state Medicaid insurance program. It may be the biggest theft by a state employee in more than a decade.
Officials at the Worcester (WUS'-tur) school say Villani made $46,000 a year, but drove a Porsche, collected Salvador Dali paintings and built a large home in Uxbridge. They say he claimed he inherited money.
The school has dismissed one supervisor and disciplined several other workers in response to the theft. It also has called in an outside auditor.
The call for help is going out in Florissant.
Police are asking residents to keep an eye out for copper thieves in the area. Police say the burglars target unoccupied homes to remove the copper piping. They take the piping and sell it to scrap yards. The thieves often dress as construction workers to confuse neighbors.
Police are encouraging anyone who notices suspicious activities to report them.
NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The former office manager for the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department in southeast Missouri is facing theft charges.
Authorities on Wednesday announced that Deborah L. Cowan is accused of stealing property or service worth more than $25,000. Police have not detailed what was allegedly stolen.
Cowan is free on bond and due in court for a hearing on Aug. 8. She was office manager for the sheriff's department for 20 years.
The charges follow an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol at the request of Sheriff Terry Stevens.
ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) - Police in the St. Louis suburb of St. Peters say a burglary suspect was so brazen he tiptoed into bedrooms and stole items as the residents slept.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 23-year-old Benjamin Lee Lillard is charged with several crimes related to burglaries that occurred Saturday and Monday. Both crimes happened while homeowners were sleeping.
A GPS app on a stolen iPhone from the Monday burglary led police to a home where police say Lillard was found hiding in the attic. Authorities say he was covered in insulation material when he surrendered.
Lillard was released from prison in February after serving 15 months for burglary and other crimes.
He is jailed on $50,000 cash-only bond.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say a southwest Missouri man charged in the theft of more than $100,000 worth of cattle and equipment might be part of a larger rustling ring.
DNA found on a paper towel near the scene of a cattle theft in May 2012 led to the arrest last week of 67-year-old Howard Perryman of Monett. Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott says Perryman was a cattle rustler when Arnott started as a deputy sheriff in 1988 and still is.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Perryman has more than 30 felony convictions. He was charged last week with two counts of felony stealing and one count of felony tampering.
He was being held in the Greene County Jail on $1 million bond. He didn't yet have an attorney Tuesday.
A Missouri man faces several charges after he allegedly stole more than $1 million from a business his mother co-owned.
Prosecutors allege that Michael Britt stole the money over a six-year period. Britt worked as the bookkeeper at Gene-Del Printing in Brentwood. He told his mother that starting in 2005 he would make out checks to himself and forge the owners' signatures. Investigators say that over an 11-month period, he forged 166 checks.
Britt faces a dozen charges of forgery and is held on a $35,000 bond.
Police say the suspect who allegedly stole an elderly woman's purse is in custody.
The 94-year-old victim noticed her purse had been stolen and started seeing charges show up on one of her credit cards. A tipster called police with the suspect's identity shortly after the story was first broadcast by the media. Prosecutors are reviewing the case and charges could be filed tomorrow.