Trio arrested for attempted burglary of Granite City tavern

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The Madison County State's Attorney's Office charged three Metro East residents were charged Thursday for allegedly breaking into a Granite City tavern.

According to Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz, deputies responded to calls of a burglary in progress at the Inn Between Tavern on Maryville Road, just before 3 a.m.

Deputies and officers from other jurisdictions searched the area and found one of the suspects, identified as 45-year-old James Piker of Belleville, fleeing on foot. Piker was apprehended and found in possession of a crowbar, a backpack, a two-way radio, and a pair of pliers.

Deputies inspected the building and found damage to both the exterior electrical lines and a door, Hertz said.

Investigators learned Piker was dropped off at the scene by two people in a gold-colored Ford truck. Deputies found the truck minutes after arresting Piker. The women in the vehicle, 29-year-old Lea Mamino of Granite City and 43-year-old Denise Dodson of Collinsville, were taken into custody.

Hertz said evidence collected at the scene and in the truck tied all three to the incident.

Mamino, Piker and Dodson were charged with attempted burglary and remain in custody at Madison County Jail on $75,000 bond each. Piker was also charged with possession of burglary tools.


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