An Alton man who had been working with detectives on an undercover drug buy earlier this week is now facing felony theft charges after he allegedly fled with thousands of dollars of electronic surveillance equipment. Police say that 27-year old, William S. Cole of the 1100 block of East Fifth Street in Alton disappeared with the equipment Monday afternoon. He was on the run for 24 hours before authorities located him inside of a home int he 300 block of Buff Street on Tuesday.
Officers were forced to use a taser on Cole, who was allegedly attempting to flee from officers after being confronted. Cole has been charged with felony theft of government-owned property over $10,000. Most of the equipment was recovered undamaged.