ALTON — Two suspects in a string of copper thefts from schools and businesses are behind bars, police say.
In a press release Wednesday, the Alton Police Department Investigations Bureau reported solving several thefts involving copper and air conditioners. The Ursuline Convent, the Alton Department of Children and Family Services office, College Avenue Presbyterian Church, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, East Elementary School, West Elementary School, Alton Middle School, St. James Baptist Church and Freer Auto Body were some of the organizations affected.
The following individuals have been charged and are in custody in connection with the thefts:
- Frank Thomas, 56, of the 900 block of Harrison Street in Alton, charged with one count of unlawful possession of weapons by a felon, a Class 2 felony; and 13 counts of theft over $500, Class 3 felonies. Thomas’ bond is set at $100,000.
- Rashonda R. Barnes, 20, also of the 900 block of Harrison Street in Alton, charged with 13 counts of theft over $500, Class 3 felonies. Bond is set at $100,000.
Members of the Region 8 ILEAS team, along with members of the Alton Police Department Investigations Bureau, executed a search warrant Tuesday at the residence on Harrison Street that led to the recovery of numerous pieces of evidence and resulted in the arrests.
The investigations are ongoing.
These charges, as well as the statements made herein, are based upon probable cause. The defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.