Local repeat offender not charged for 6 months after miscommunication

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 20 at 9:50 AM

(KMOV.com) -- 51-year-old Mark McCabe is no stranger to police. He’s been breaking into homes throughout St. Louis County since 2005.

Last August, he reportedly broke into a house in Kirkwood. However, because of a a miscommunication between police and prosecutors, he wasn’tcharged until this week.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch says it’s because they didnt know he was a repeat offender.

“Some cases if that information isn’t there, isn’t brought to us then we get to that case when we get to that case,” he said. “In this case it was five or six months.”

McCulloch says if Kirkwood police had told them  McCabe was a repeat offender, they would have looked at his case right away.

Instead, it sat in a pile with more than a hundred other cases.

“I mean it was brought in within a few days but no indication the guys got priors and thats something they need to bring to our attention,” McCulloch said.

An Kirkwood officer told News 4 he doesn’t remember whether they said something, however the officer did say the prosecuting attorney’s office was given the case within two weeks.

Residents in Kirkwood don’t seem to care whose fault it is, they just think it should be taken care of.

“Well yeah i dont expect something to take seven months,” said Katie Stimentz.  “Some people may think thats no big deal, I think within a month it should be taken care of.”

McCabe has been in prison while he was waiting for trial, so he hasn’t been out on the streets able to stike again. However that’s not always the case.

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