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The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the suspects in an overnight burglary.
On Friday, March 7, at about 4:32 a.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary in progress at Farm Fresh, 740 E. Airline Drive, East Alton.
A resident on her way to work observed two subjects fleeing the business and called the sheriff’s office.
Deputies and Bethalto police responded and found the front glass door to the business broken out. The witness told deputies the two suspects fled the business southbound across East Airline Drive. Surveillance video captured the burglary. One of the suspects broke the glass door and entered the business, stealing multiple packs of cigarettes and cigars, while the second stood watch. The responding deputies and officers searched the area with the assistance of a canine unit but were unable to find the suspects.
The business was previously burglarized during the early morning hours of Nov. 21. In that incident two suspects were captured on surveillance stealing cigarettes from the business. One suspect entered the business after breaking the front glass door while the other stood watch outside. The suspect who entered the business stole several cartons of cigarettes before fleeing the business.
Investigators are not sure if the two incidents are connected. In both burglaries the suspects wore hooded sweatshirts or hats, and had their faces covered. The witness and surveillance images indicate the suspects are thinly-built, white men, possibly in their late teens or early 20’s. Investigators are not sure if the suspects had a vehicle parked nearby or if they fled to a home in the area.
Anyone having information related to these incidents are asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at the following numbers: 618-692-4433 (Dispatch Center), 618-692-0871 (Investigative Division) or 618-296-3000 (Anonymous Tip Line).