By Talia Kaplan
St. Charles, Mo (KSDK) - A burglary ring is busted. St. Charles Police say they caught a man responsible for stealing hundreds of items worth thousands of dollars from people's homes thanks to a tip.
"The hair was standing on the back of my neck. I was just a mess," said Penny Lowery, a victim from St. Charles.
"It was quite a bad experience," said Donald Lowery, Penny's husband.
Penny and Donald Lowery of St. Charles were victims of a burglary on March 1. They say someone stole their flat screen television, money, Penny's birth certificate, and thousands of dollars in jewelry, including Donald's wedding band.
"It's the sentimental things that hurt," Penny said.
Police say 27-year-old Kevin Mason of St. Charles is the man responsible for that burglary and at least four others in St. Charles. Now they have Mason in custody and everything he allegedly stole.
"We were suspecting this guy who just got out of jail for a similar crime is jumping right back in to his old ways to supplement a $400 to $500 drug habit," said Det. Sgt. Todd Wilson with the St. Charles Police Department.
Police say Mason would steal expensive things and pawn them off to pay for his heroin addiction. They say he would target neighborhood sin broad daylight and get a way using a scooter.
"We found out he had a kids scooter or a moped we were surprised that's how he was getting away," said Donald Lowery.
Police say they were able to make the arrest thanks to a tip from another victim who saw Mason riding away on a scooter with her bag. Police say St. Charles wasn't the only place targeted.
"We're investigating that it's far reached out into St. Louis County, possibly St. Louis City, and maybe even into Jefferson County," said Det. Sgt. Wilson who also says heroin addiction is a growing problem and more burglaries are happening because of it.
Donald and Penny Lowery say they are happy Mason is behind bars so that they can feel safe at home once again. They say they hope everyone who was victimized gets their stuff back.
"I am just glad he was caught and hopefully he will be in jail for a long time, nobody will have to worry about him, us or anybody else," Donald said.
St. Charles police are investigating the possibility of more suspects involved.
Mason was charged with felony burglary, and police say further charges are expected as the investigation continues.
If you have been burglarized recently, contact the St. Charles Police Department at 636-949-3300 or your local police department.