EDWARDSVILLE — An East Alton man was charged Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court with two felony charges of residential burglary.
A press release from Madison County Sheriff John D. Lakin identified the suspect as John R.D. Nowlin, 21, of the 300 block of North Center Street.
Deputies responded July 29 to a report from a senior citizen residing in the 900 block of West Airwood Drive in East Alton. The caller reported being the victim of theft. Specifically, the victim reported being approached by Nowlin, who had been going door to door in the neighborhood soliciting to mow lawns and do menial hard work for money. The victim allowed Nowlin to do yard work. While at the residence, Nowlin entered the home, without the resident’s knowledge, and stole money from the homeowner.
Detectives with the sheriff’s office initiated an investigation and discovered Nowlin had victimized the senior citizen on numerous occasions. The burglaries occurred from June 2015 through August 2015 and involved Nowlin entering the home of the victim without the owner’s knowledge and stealing money.
Investigative efforts revealed Nowlin had victimized a second family in the Rosewood Heights area by entering their home and taking money during the same time period as noted above.
Nowlin frequented the Rosewood Heights area and would target senior citizens. He asked to do yard work and attempted to gain the trust of those who provided work for him. Nowlin entered the homes of unsuspecting victims while the homeowners were distracted, or sometimes by asking to use the restroom or requesting a cold drink.
Sheriff’s investigators believe Nowlin has victimized other residents who have yet to contact authorities to report the thefts. The sheriff’s office strongly encourages anyone who has information about this investigation or those who have fallen victim to Nowlin to contact the Sheriff’s Office to file a report. To make a report, call main dispatch at (618) 692-4433, the anonymous tip line at (618) 296-3000 or investigation at (618) 692-0871.
Nowlin was arrested Sept. 1 without incident in East Alton. He was remanded to the Madison County Jail pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The warrant and information on Nowlin was signed by Judge Neil Schroeder. Bond was set at $200,000.
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