TOWN AND COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) – Police suspect a man living at a prison halfway house is responsible for several burglaries in West St. Louis County.
According to policem 43-year-old Robert Delp, Jr. is suspected of committing three break-ins in Town and Country and five break-ins in Clayton. They believe he is committing the burglaries to feed a drug habit.
Delp served time in prison for a 2006 burglary in Town and Country. He was sent to a halfway house north of Downtown St. Louis as part of his probation.
Inmates at the halfway house are permitted to leave the house for work. Police believe this provided the perfect opportunity for Delp to burglarize homes.
Police believe Delp would leave the house, take the Metrolink, and then take various trains to arrive in West St. Louis County. They said that he would break windows in the homes to get inside and take jewelry and money.
News 4’s Russel Kinsaul asked officials at the halfway house how this could happen and why nobody was keeping an eye on Delp throughout the day.
In response, the Corrections Department issued a press release that said, “His [Delp’s] supervision activities are currently being reviewed.”