(KMOV) – A smartphone app assisted police in locating a burglary suspect who is accused of breaking into a St. Peter’s home while the victims slept.
Benjamin Lillard, 23, was charged with first-degree burglary, stealing over $500, receiving stolen property and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Police say Lillard went through an unlocked rear door of a home in the 900 block of Comstock Station during the overnight hours Monday.
The next morning the victim discovered a smart phone and cash were missing from the kitchen table.
Several hours after a police report was filed, the victim used a GPS app that tracked down the phone in Lillard’s possession.
Authorities followed the GPS tracking to a home on Country Creek. There, officers located the phone along with a stolen firearm from a burglary on Saturday in the 500 block of Wyatt Drive.
Lillard was hiding in the attic of the residence when he was taken into police custody.
Police later learned Lillard was recently released from prison in February after serving 15 months for second-degree burglary and various other charges.
At the time of this arrest Lillard had outstanding arrest warrants for assault.
Benjamin Lillard was charged on Tuesday for receiving stolen property, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
He is currently being held at the St. Charles County Jail on a $50,000 bond.