An East Alton man was charged with felony theft Tuesday for driving off with a stove and barbecue grill, police said.
Terry L. Tinsley, 42, of the 100 block of Goulding Avenue, was charged Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of theft (second subsequent).
In a press release, Capt. T. Mike Dixon said the sheriff’s department received a theft complaint at about 2:15 p.m. from a resident of Fern Lane in East Alton. The caller advised that a subject in a blue truck stole a stove and a barbecue grill from two properties on Fern Lane. The caller told deputies he entered his vehicle and caught up to the suspect vehicle as it was leaving the area. The caller said he confronted the driver of the truck about taking the items. The suspect returned with the stove, but failed to return to the barbecue grill.
The caller provided deputies with the truck’s registration, which returned to Tinsley. Deputies located Tinsley at his home and subsequently recovered the stolen barbecue grill. The barbecue grill was returned to its owner. Tinsley was arrested and transported to the Madison County Jail, where he was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The felony warrant and information was signed by Judge Neil Schroeder. Bond was set at $15,000. Tinsley qualified for the enhanced felony offense due to a prior conviction for retail theft out of Madison County on July 16, 2009.