Bethalto, Ill. (KMOV) – A vehicle break-in suspect is in custody after a foot chase in the Metro East early Tuesday morning.
According to police, a man witnessed the suspect breaking into cars on Rhondell in East Alton around 5:36 a.m. and called police. The witness told police he tried to chase the suspect down but the suspect got away.
Deputies responded to the scene a few minutes later and began a chase but the suspect escaped.
The Madison County Sheriff, Wood River Police Department, Bethalto Police Department and Illinois State Police set up a perimeter and waited for a K-9 Unit to arrive.
Police said the K-9 Unit found the suspect around 6:42 a.m. in a wooded area.
The 19-year-old suspect was treated for minor injuries, including a puncture wound from the dog.
The Madison County Sheriff asks anyone who has been a victim of a car break-in in the East Alton, Wood River or Bethalto area to call (618) 692-4433 or the detective center at (618) 692-0871.