Justin D. Sherrard
(KMOV.com) -- A suspected serial burglar has been captured after police attached a global positioning device to the suspects vehicle.
Knowing your neighbors could be the most valuable tool you have to protect your home from a break-in. Police learned that when they arrested a St. Charles burglary suspect. Police think Justin D. Sherrard, a 21-year-old St. Louis County resident, targeted more than a dozen St. Charles County homes.
Sherrard has been charged with burglary and felony theft. Police say Sherrard had a very specific method and was very busy using it before he was arrested on Tuesday. He was charged with one burglary in St. Peters, Missouri but police say that is just the tip of the iceberg. Authorities think Sherrard could be responsible for 14 burglaries in St. Louis, another one in St. Charles and an attempted burglary in Wentzville.
One of those burglaries was last Friday on Twelve Oaks Drive off Mexico Road near St. Peters, Missouri. Police said the suspect stole a flat screen TV, iPad and jewelry.
Officials said Sherrard used a common method among burglars. He hit during the day and picked homes that most looked like everyone was at work, but police got a tip that the prolific burglar in St. Charles County might be Sherrard.
Officer Melissa Doss said, "The detectives attached a GPS to his car and that's how they were able to follow his car to the burglary that happened on Tuesday in St. Charles city."
Police consider knowing your neighbors the most powerful tool to protect you from a burglary.
"They need to go with their gut instinct. If your gut is telling you something is wrong with the situation, call police and we'll check out if the situation is suspicious or if the person really had a reason to be there," officer Doss said.
News 4's Russell Kinsaul talked to a woman who saw Sherrard at her neighbor's home and thought he was a little suspicious, but did not call police.
Officers said they are just happy they finally caught their man.