FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, ILL. - Police said A man who was seen stealing purses from cars on a parking lot threw them into a lake as he was running away last week.
According to a post on the Fairview Heights Police Department website, a witness saw Michael Tayon taking purses from cars on the Winchester Plaza parking lot at the 4600 block of North Illinois and called police.
The witness told officers she saw him ride his bike between cars then appear on the other side with the purses. When officers arrived, they saw him riding his bike on a nearby parking lot. He ran away throwing the purses into a lake before jumping a fence.
Officers caught up with him and took him into custody without incident.
Officers were able to get the purses out of the lake with the help of some maintenance workers.
He is being held on a $60,000 bond for one count of burglary.