Man burglarizes homes while victims sleep

Posted on: 6:39 pm, December 19, 2013, by

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KTVI)– A GPS application on an I-Phone 5 led Fairview Heights Police to a burglary suspect Thursday morning.  Officers discovered 116 stolen items from five or more burglaries along with the cell phone inside an apartment at the Roosevelt Homes in Washington Park.

Fairview Hts. Detective James Mason said officers were able to track the phone using the owner`s user name and password.  Five stolen flat screen TVs, Playstation equipment, cameras, audio speakers, DVDs, unopened toys and a child`s bicycle were recovered.

The Thursday morning victim told police someone stole his phone, wallet and  computer from his bedside table as he slept in his home at the Winchester Apartments in Fairview Heights..  ‘It`s very bold of this particular individual to enter someone`s residence while they are sleeping,’ Mason said.  Some burglary victims left doors unlocked.  In other instances the burglar forced open a door or window.

Mason said some of the crimes occurred in Swansea and Collinsville.

Police will seek charges against the man they have in custody on Friday.

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