A Bethalto woman has been charged in connection with an investigation into alleged burglaries committed by an Edwardsville Police Officer. 41-year-old Keri Knight of the 8100 block of Moreland Road in Bethalto is charged with two counts of obstructing justice and one count of theft after a Madison County Grand Jury heard evidence this week.
Knight is accused of lying to Madison County Sheriff’s Department investigators as they looked into allegations against Brian Barker, an Edwardsville Police Officer suspected in nearly a dozen burglaries in the city dating back to May of 2012. Knight works as a dispatcher for Edwardsville Police, and is accused of lying to police and removing money from the burglaries from her home to prevent investigators from discovering it. Barker was charged on December 23 with burglary and official misconduct and has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.