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ALTON, Ill. (KSDK) – An East Alton man is charged with stealing a stove and barbecue grill from two separate properties on Fern Lane.

A witness called the Madison County Sheriff's office to report the crimes at approximately 2:15 p.m. Monday. The caller said he followed the suspect's blue truck out of the area, and later confronted the driver about taking the items. Police say the suspect gave back the stove, but didn't give back the grill.

Deputies traced the truck's registration back to Terry Tinsley, 42, who deputies found at his home. They were able to recover the stolen grill and return it to its rightful owner.

Tinsley, who had a prior retail theft conviction, qualified for an enhanced felony theft offense. He is currently being held at the Madison County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

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