A Cottage Hills man that allegedly tried to shift focus from his alleged crime by stating his vehicle was stolen has been charged with filing a false report of vehicle theft, burglary, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.  Police say 22-year-old Chad A. Dickerson of the first block of Prospect Street tried to break into the Belk Park Golf Course maintenance building early Monday morning.  He allegedly got into the building, but did not steal anything.

That is because a Bethalto Police officer is said to have spotted a light in the building after investigating a car stopped in an intersection near the scene.  Thinking that a light at 2:30am is out of the ordinary, he and police from other jurisdictions went to investigate.  Dickerson (pictured) called the sheriff's department a few hours later to report his car stolen, which is a familiar ruse, according to Mike Dixon of the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

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During a search of the vehicle, police recovered a .38 caliber handgun.  A check with the Wood River Park & Recreation Department indicates some damage was done to the building, but nothing was stolen.  Police believe they got there before he had time to take anything.  Bond was set at $85,000.

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