Man charged in Columbia vehicle break-ins

Charles Joshway Jr.

An East St. Louis man has been charged with 11 felony counts of burglary in connection with several vehicle break-ins that occurred Aug. 11 in the northern part of Columbia.

In addition to the felony charges, Charles H. Joshway Jr., 43, of East St. Louis, has also been charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to vehicles.

Court information states Joshway entered vehicles on North Glenwood Drive, Cascade Drive and North Evergreen Lane with the intent to commit thefts. Items stolen included loose change, laptop computers, GPS navigation systems and cell phones.

“The majority of cars were left unlocked with property easily accessible,” Columbia Police Chief Joe Edwards said earlier this month.

Bond on Joshway’s arrest warrant has been set at $50,000.  He is currently in custody at the St. Clair County Jail in Belleville. He was arrested by police in that county in connection with a stolen vehicle.

“The Columbia Police Department would like to thank the members of the public who came forward and provided us with multiple leads, as well as the Metro East Auto Theft Task Force, the Fairview Heights Police Department, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, the Granite City Police Department, and Monroe County State’s Attorney Kris Reitz for their assistance with this investigation,” Edwards said.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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