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Belleville man charged for stealing from Salvation Army blocks from his own home

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

( – Police charge a Belleville man with burglary after security cameras capture the suspect breaking into a Salvation Army Store on the same street as his own home Thursday morning.

The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office charged Brian Schissler with one count felony burglary. 

According to authorities, the Salvation Army Family Store located at 218 North Illinois Street was broken into around 2:30 a.m.

Schissler was caught on a security camera set up at a business across the street from the Salvation Army.

According to a detective with the Belleville Police Department, the camera captured Schissler breaking into the store, then leaving the store moments later; traveling up the street to his own home at 308 N. Illinois Street.

Several items were stolen including DVD player, DVD’s, video games and other electronics.
In addition to the property damage, Salvation Army officials say the burglary has a ripple effect on those less fortunate.

“It is a travesty what has happened,” said Major K. Kendall Mathews, Administrator of the Salvation Army ARC.  “This crime not only will affect the men of our Center but also those in the Belleville community and other communities in which we serve to provide gently used merchandise at very low cost to families that may be struggling economically.”

Major Matthews said it’s even harder to realize the people who committed the crime are the very people the organization tried to help.

“The person is probably desperate for the type of services we provide at the ARC and would have openly received them had they only asked,” he said. “Now we are left with no choice but to pursue prosecution instead of being the hand up they most desperately need.”

Brian Schissler’s bond was set at $75,000.

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