Charges are being filed in a case of an East Alton man stealing prescription pills from his mother. East Alton Detective Christian Cranmer released yesterday that the charges filed against the man become an automatic felony due to a prior conviction for theft. 42-year-old Simon Mercer of the 100 block of Lakeside in East Alton is being charged with Class 4 Theft Under $500. Mercer allegedly broke into his mother's bedroom and stole a safe that contained her pain medication. Mercer's mother has a deteriorating spine and is in constant need of medication. Bond was set at $20,000. Cranmer asks anyone with more information on this case to contact the East Alton Police Department at 259-6212.