Arrest made in Columbia burglaries


An 18-year-old Caseyville man and a juvenile from Collinsville are facing several felony charges stemming from a string of home burglaries and vehicle break-ins that occurred shortly after Christmas in Columbia.

On Dec. 26, the Columbia Police Department began investigating the case.  A total of 21 vehicles and three homes were burglarized, police said. Among the homes burglarized was that of Columbia City Clerk Ron Colyer on North Evergreen Lane while its occupants were asleep inside.

Charged in the case is Tyler W. Ashcraft, 18, of Caseyville, with 21 counts of burglary from motor vehicle and three counts of residential burglary. He is pictured at right. Bond has been set at $50,000. He is in custody in the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville.

The other suspect in the case is a juvenile from Collinsville, who police are “actively pursuing” at this time.

Ashcraft was taken into custody on Friday. Columbia police obtained an arrest warrant for the juvenile Monday morning and are looking for him with the assistance of several other law enforcement agencies.

“The men and women of the Columbia Police Department have been working around the clock to solve these crimes,” Columbia Police Chief Joe Edwards said. “We would like to thank the Edwardsville Police Department along with the Caseyville Police Department and Collinsville Police Department for their assistance with clearing these cases.”

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