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The Madison County Sheriff’s office is investigating several vehicle burglaries along with two vehicles being reported as stolen in the Godfrey area. Through the investigations they were able to gain enough information to link suspects to other incidents in Alton. Two adults and a juvenile are now charged.
In all cases the victims’ vehicles were unlocked. Jeff Connor, Chief Deputy of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department tells The Big Z the investigation indicates the suspects may be tied to an estimated 150 vehicle burglaries in the Alton / Godfrey area just in the last week.
He says these arrests are the result of working together with the Alton Police Department.
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Charged with one count of Offenses Relating to Motor Vehicles and 7 counts of Burglary are 19-year-olds Deandre M. Gilmore of Alton and Keisha N. Lytle of Wood River. A juvenile has been charged with similar offenses, as well as Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer. Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons says the arrest was made possible in part due to license plate reader cameras that caught one of the stolen vehicles on Belle Street. By "pinging" the system, police were able to pull the car over, leading to the arrests.