Fairview Heights, IL (KSDK) - Three males have been arrested in three days for unrelated burglaries in Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Officers began investigating the first robbery on June 4 around 6:30 p.m. in the 9000 block of Forest Drive after someone saw a man carrying a chainsaw from his neighbor's backyard.
The suspect was moving quickly and jumped in his car to leave the area.
The witness spoke with a neighbor and learned a neighbor's garage had been burglarized and a chainsaw was missing. The witness called police and authorities were able to arrest a suspect based on what the witness told officers.
Gerald C. Schmidt, 25, of Swansea, Illinois was taken into custody and charged with burglary. His bond is set at $40,000.
The following day around 3:50 p.m. police were called to the Longacre Ponds neighborhood after two people observed an adult and a juvenile walking through a parking lot, stop at a vehicle and look inside the windows, and then enter the vehicle and take a purse.
The witnesses yelled at the suspects, and were able to detain 17-year-old Ronald C. Edwards.
Edwards was turned over to authorities and charged with burglary. His bond is set at $35,000.
Police say the purse was in the unlocked vehicle because the victim had run into her apartment to retrieve something. She had been away from her vehicle for one minute before the burglary occurred.
The last incident happened shortly after 1 p.m. on June 7th when officers responded to a report of a burglary in the 9600 block of Old Lincoln Trail.
A woman was taking a shower when she heard a loud banging. When she started to investigate the noise she discovered someone trying to enter her home through a basement door. She called her husband, who was not home at the time, and he called police.
While officers responded to the residence, the woman activated her panic alarm on her alarm system and confronted the suspect in the driveway as he tried to flee the home.
The suspect drove his vehicle into a wooded area, but got stuck. He then got out of his car, and as the victim returned to her home and tried to lock the suspect outside, he pushed her into the home.
The victim's husband had not been far from the home when his wife called him, and he then arrived at the home and held the suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived.
The suspect, 28-year-old Steven D. Hood of East St. Louis was taken into custody and charged with attempted burglary and battery.
Hood's bond is set at $350,000.