(KMOV) – Several people were charged for breaking into homes across the bi-state area.
Authorities with the St. Louis County and Madison County Sheriff’s Department worked together to investigate and locate five suspects wanted for several reported home burglaries.
The suspects were accused of backing up their vehicle into a driveway before approaching the front door. When a resident answered, they offered to do property services, such as cutting the grass.
If the door was not answered, they would enter the rear of the residence and kick in the back or side doors. Once inside the residences, jewelry and electronics were stolen.
Police said they mainly homes close to major interstates so it’s was a quick getaway.
On September 8, Madison County Sheriff’s officers responded to the 4700 block of Benning Avenue for a residential burglary.
Deputies say the victim reported a group of suspects forced their way into the home, stole electronics, jewelry and cash before fleeing in a dark-colored SUV.
On September 12, a similar report was called in South St. Louis County. St. Louis County Police were able to interrupt this burglary but the suspects fled into Illinois.
Officers from the Illinois State Police, Collinsville, Granite City, Pontoon Beach Police Departments and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department assisted in locating and stopping the wanted suspects’ vehicle.
As the pursuit continued, three of the vehicle’s four occupants fled on foot but were taken into custody a short time later.
They were identified as Eddie Washington, 17, Darien Dampier, 18, and Eddie Bond, 19.
Officers continued pursuing the vehicle, driven by Charnisa Goodson, 27, who was reportedly seen throwing stolen goods from the window of the moving vehicle.
She was arrested and the stolen property was recovered near Interstate 270 and Illinois Route 3.
All four suspects were transported to the Madison County Jail pending an investigation and charges.
An investigation with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department linked Goodson and Travon Lawrence to the burglary on Benning Avenue.
According to authorities, Goodson was charged with second –degree burglary, felony stealing, aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer.
Dampier and Washington were charged with second-degree burglary and felony stealing. Bond was also charged with felony stealing.
Goodson, Dampier and Washington were also charged in relation to a series of burglaries in the south St. Louis County near Interstate 55 and 270.
Lawrence is not currently in custody, but is actively wanted out of Madison County on the charge of Residential Burglary.
A judge set bond for Goodson, Bond, Washington and Dampier to $75,000 each.