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St. Charles police say they busted a burglary ring that spans across cities throughout the Metro area.
A keen-eyed neighbor spotted this guy just scootin' out of here -- literally -- on a mo-ped. Police tell me the motive in each of these cases was drug money. The suspect is a known heroin addict with a $300 to $500-a-day habit. To fuel it, police say he stole electronics and jewelry then pawned them off for cash.
"If they want to get that high, they're willing to commit crimes in order to get those drugs, so it's a problem for the entire Metro area," Major Donovan Kenton of the St. Charles Police Department said.
But a big player in burglaries is now behind bars -- wanted by nine cities for more than 15 hits. His m.o? Police say Kevin Mason, 27 of St. Charles, broke-in in broad daylight while many people were away at work. Two homes he hit in St. Charles had privacy fences, giving Mason cover for the burglary. Then he'd make his get-away on a mo-ped.
"He actually took a 23" flat screen t.v. with him on the scooter," Maj. Kenton said. "He stuffed it in a bag that he stole from the residence."
At Penny and Don Lowery's house, it was a laptop and thousands of dollars in jewelry.
"The most valuable thing -- for (Don) -- was his dad's wedding ring," Penny Lowery said. "His dad died last year."
It's not the money -- it's the sentiment and stolen sense of safety that bother them most.
"I always felt safe until it happened," Lowery said. "I never thought it'd happen to me."
The Lowerys have since installed a security system.
Police say they caught the thief at his home with loads of stolen electronics and jewelry, then recovered even more at area pawn shops. The Lowerys found some of their stolen jewelry at a Hazelwood pawn shop on Wednesday -- six weeks after it was stolen from their St. Charles home.
"There are other people we believe were pawning stolen items for him," Maj. Kenton said.
Meaning, this case is far from over.
Right now police are trying to get the stolen items they've recovered back to their rightful owners.