LADUE, MO (KTVI) - With the arrest of one man, it appears police in West County have solved several burglaries at a number of homes. There were similarities in each case. A man rings the doorbell, if no one answers a U-Haul truck is pulled behind the house and the residence is burglarized.
Home surveillance video of the suspect was released by police Monday. Thieves stole $20,000 worth of stuff from a nearby house, in Creve Coeur, including lots of jewelry.
The same crime happened in Frontenac, Chesterfield and Ladue. On Monday, an alert homeowner in Ladue spotted a man in her backyard and called officers. There have been at least 5 home burglaries in four communities.
They arrested 46-year-old James Chandler. He's been charged with first degree burglary and possession of burglary tools. A Creve Coeur detective said it's believed Chandler is responsible for all the crimes involving a U-Haul. Police said the suspect is known to authorities. Detective Sgt. Ray Hahs works on the Ladue police force. Hahs said, "He (Chandler) just got placed on probation a month ago for the same crime for burglary. Madden: And, he's allegedly doing it again? Hahs: Yes, yes he is."
People are glad the suspect is in jail. Rick Williams, a Ladue resident said, "I think it's wonderful so often you hear these criminals escaped, getting caught its great when it's one for the good guys."
Police give a lot of credit to the homeowner on Monday who reacted quickly and called authorities.
Police there do not think Chandler was involved in seven burglaries in Richmond Heights that are under investigation. Detectives think a different group of people is responsible