3 arrested, juvenile at large in several Columbia, Ill. break-ins


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on January 31, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 7:29 PM

(KMOV) – Authorities say thieves are causing more problems for homeowners and police in Columbia, Ill.

Earlier this week, Columbia police took 18-year-old Tyler Ashcraft, of Caseyville, into custody on 21 counts of burglary from motor vehicles and three counts of residential burglary.

Two other suspects, 19-year-old Kerry Gum and 18-year-old Zachary Wood, were arrested Friday for their alleged involvement in the burglaries.

Gun was charged with one count of residential burglary and four counts of burglary from a motor vehicle. Wood faces two counts of residential burglary and 15 counts of burglary from a motor vehicle.

Both remain in custody on a $25,000 bond.

Police believe the three teens committed those crimes with a juvenile who still on the run, but not being quiet.

Authorities say the juvenile they’re looking for could be responsible for a home burglary on Clover Ridge.

“Here we go again, another residential burglary and that individual is still at large, so that is something we certainly are going to look at,” said Columbia Police Officer Joseph Edwards.

Many Columbia residents are on high alert knowing there is still someone breaking into homes at all times of the day.

“You have to be alert to anybody that you don’t know who might come by,” said resident Nancy Spence.

Columbia police are focused on catching the juvenile. They warn residents of being an easy target. 

“We’re an interstate community, people are in and out of here relatively quickly and we need to take those precautions and lock our doors, secure our vehicles and property,” said Edwards.