(KMOV) – Authorities have charged a Caseyville man after he allegedly posed as an Ameren employee to distract a homeowner during a burglary that occurred on June 4th.
Daniel A. Mitchell, 25, was charged with first-degree residential burglary in a Madison County Circuit Court on Monday.
On Tuesday, June 4th, the Madison County Sherriff’s Office responded to a home in the 7500 block of Humbert Road in Godfrey, in response to a report of suspicious activity.
Deputies met with the homeowner who reported the theft of her purse from inside her home. The victim said she was contacted by a white male with reddish/blonde hair, blue eyes, and distinctive tattoos on his hand that read “LOVE” across his knuckles.
Mitchell identified himself as an employee of Ameren, telling the victim he was there to perform a routine check on her gas meter to ensure she was receiving proper billing.
After the meter was inspected, the victim noticed a second individual sitting in the dark colored passenger vehicle Mitchell had arrived in.
Finding the presence of the second individual suspicious, the victim then requested credentials.
Mitchell was unable to produce identification proving his employment by Ameren.
The victim re-entered her home as the suspects left to discover her purse and other belongings missing.
Investigators suspect the second individual entered the victim’s home while she accompanied Mitchell.
Investigators developed Mitchell as a possible suspect, after he matched the physical description of the suspect provided by the victim at the time of the burglary.
After determining Mitchell was being sought in connection with similar activity in St. Charles, authorities developed evidence linking Mitchell to the burglary.
Mitchell was located with the assistance of U.S. Marshalls at a business in Washington Park during the early morning hours of June 7th.
Mitchell was arrested on a warrant for burglary in the first degree issued by the St. Charles Police Department and transported to the Madison County Jail pending a formal review.
Investigators are still attempting to identify the second suspect.
Mitchell’s bond is set at $75,000.00.
The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to remain vigilant when contacted by solicitors, or persons claiming they are conducting official business, which was not scheduled ahead of time.
Reputable businesses will make appointments ahead of time and have employees who can provide proper identification upon request.
The Madison County Sherriff’s Office continues to investigate this incident and encourages anyone with information regarding this matter or other offenses believed to have been committed by Mitchell to contact the Sherriff’s Office.