Granite City man charged with 6 felonies after investigation links burglaries
By KMOV Web Producer
Granite City, Ill. (KMOV) – A man linked to several burglaries since March was charged with six felonies on Tuesday.
25-year-old Brett T. Chastan of Granite City was charged in Madison County Circuit court after Bond County Sheriff’s deputies first arrested him on June 27. The arrest was a result of an interrupted day time burglary in Greenville Ill.
After the arrest was made the Madison County Sherriff’s office investigated several residential burglaries that could be linked to Chastan by a similar method of operation.
Police discovered that each burglary occurred during the daylight hours and the offender(s) entered unoccupied homes stealing jewelry, electronics and money.
These initial investigation resulted in a charge of residential burglary against Chastain in Madison County. The charge relates to a residential burglary Chastain was linked to that occurred at 8700 Goshen Road, Edwardsville, Illinois on March 11. The charge was filed in Madison County Circuit Court on June 30 and Chastain’s bond was set at $100,000.00.
Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office continued to investigate the incidents and were able to link Chastain to the six burglaries that were charged on Tuesday in Madison County.
The burglaries charged thus far in Madison County stretch from Roxanna, Ill. to Alhambra, Ill. Investigators have recovered thousands of dollars in suspected stolen property and are still attempting to link some of the property to possible victims.
Some of the property recovered by Madison County Sheriff’s Office Investigators has been linked to residential burglaries that occurred in Macoupin and St. Clair Counties.
The investigation revealed that Chastain was committing the burglaries in part to support a heroin addiction. Chastain has prior arrest and convictions in Madison County for Theft and Aggravated Battery.
Those who have been the victim of a rural day time residential burglary in Madison, Bond, St. Clair or Macoupin County during the noted time periods and are missing property may contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division at 618-296-0871 for further information.
The warrant and criminal charges filed on Tuesday were signed by the Honorable Judge Kyle Napp, who set Chastain’s bond at $150,000.00.