ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – An Edwardsville man already facing multiple felonies was charged with burglary after police searched his truck and found 21 items possibly stolen from a construction site.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a suspicious truck on February 8 on Blue Ridge Road in Alton. Officers located the truck and found it was registered to 30-year-old William Kavanaugh.
When authorities searched the vehicle on February 10, they found a chainsaw, screwdriver sets, a hedge trimmer and several other items. One of the items had the owner’s name written on it, and the owner told police it was taken from a work site in Bethalto.
Kavanaugh and a female companion were taken into custody and he was charged with burglary and possession of a controlled substance.
There were already two felony charges pending against Kavanaugh, one from 2014 for burglary and another from 2015 for possession of a controlled substance. Court records also show he has a record of 27 felony charges dating back to 2002 and stretching over three states and several Illinois counties.
He has been convicted of receiving stolen property, possessing drug paraphernalia, transporting anhydrous ammonia, retail theft, aggravated fleeing, possession and manufacturing methamphetamine, aggravated battery, possession of a stolen vehicle, and theft.
He has faced charges in Madison County, Mohave County, Arizona, San Bernadino County, California, Bond County, Fayette County, Macoupin County, Greene County, Clinton County and Maricopa County, Arizona.
Kavanaugh is being held in Madison County on $50,000 bail. He could be sentenced to up to seven years on one burglary charge.