Three people from the Bethalto area have been arrested and charged in connection to a number of recent vehicle burglaries in Godfrey. 20-year-old John J. Sanders II of the 1400 block of 1st Street in Cottage Hills, 18-year-old David R. Panzier of the 300 block of E. Main in Bethalto, and 19-year-old Kaitlyn R. Rexford of the 400 block of Texas in Bethalto each face 9 counts of Burglary, a Class 2 felony.
Madison County Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Dixon tells The Big Z these three stole thousands of dollars worth of items from unlocked cars, many from the Villa Marie subdivision.
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Dixon says there are few cases of vehicle burglaries in cases where the cars were locked, and notes there has been an increase in gun thefts from unlocked cars, although these three are not charged in any of those cases.