Police: Men charged in Metro-East burglaries may be linked to more break-ins

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by Daniel Mueller / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 7 at 10:35 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Police say three men charged with residential burglary on Saturday may be responsible for several more break-ins throughout the Metro-East.

Officers were called to the 300 block of Lucinda Avenue in Belleville after a homeowner reportedly found an unknown man standing in his kitchen. The victim told police he yelled at the man to leave the house, and the suspect ran out the rear door.

The victim wrote down the license plate number as the suspect fled, according to police. Officers later found the vehicle in East St. Louis, and took three occupants into custody.

Wadell Savage, 18, and Michael Rencher, 19, were each charged with one count of residential burglary in connection to the burglary on Lucinda Avenue. Savage was also charged in a separate case of attempted residential burglary in Fairview Heights.

Authorities say an investigation then linked Rencher and Vincent Pitts, 22, with a residential burglary in the 300 block of North 42nd St. in Belleville. Rencher and Pitts were both charged with residential burglary in that case.

Savage and Rencher each have a total bond of $150,000, while Pitt has a total bond of $100,000. The three men are being held at the Belleville Police Department.

Detectives continue to investigate whether the men could be connected to other criminal cases, according to the release.

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