Man arrested for burglary committed less than 50 feet from police station

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ST. ANN, MO (KPLR) - St. Ann police were left shaking their heads this past weekend after a man broke into a business less than 50 feet from the station.

On Saturday morning construction workers called in a burglary at the 10400 block of St. Charles Rock Road.

According to police 48-year-old Sean Van Williams is facing four felony charges after they say he broke into empty restaurant that was under rehab repairs for a new business.  Williams allegedly broke through two doors and a wall to steal copper from electrical panels in the building.  He left more than $20,000 worth of damage behind.  Not only did the suspect commit his crime during the day, he also had over 100 pounds of burglary tools in a duffel bag.

Detectives also say they had Williams in custody and the investigation wrapped up within 1 hour of the call.  Williams who has an 11 page rap sheet has confessed to the crime and is being held at the St. Louis County Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond.  He faces felony burglary, theft, property damage and possession of burglary tool charges. So far there's no word on a future court date.

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