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Man charged in theft of log cabin in Wildwood

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Charges have been filed against a man accused of stealing a cabin in Wildwood. 

Gregory Cole, 54, is charged with one count of Stealing Over $25,000. Police said Cole confessed to stealing the Essen Cabin, a structure that stood near Route 109 since 1883.

Cole is currently being held on a $40,000 cash bond. 

The victim who owned the cabin was in the process of donating the cabin to the city of Wildwood. On Nov. 30, the son-in-law of the victim saw the cabin and it's contents were removed from the property. The roof and the foundation of the cabin were left behind. 

Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther told News 4 how the cabin was stolen. 

“Apparently, last week someone over a period of a few days managed to get in and get up the hill dismantled it and load it in a flat bed or truck and hauled it away,” said Worther.

An anonymous caller provided information that the contents and timber of the cabin were in a Wentzville location. After police arrived at the location, they found the stolen content behind Col's apartment building. Cole was arrested and confessed to stealing the cabin. 

According to St. Louis County Police, Cole was familiar with the cabin and decided to steal the contents of the cabin with the intention of selling them. Wildwood officials estimate the value of the cabin's content and timber to be worth $50,000. 

 The Essen family is considered one of first settlers of what became Wildwood.

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