Springfield Police tell residents: lock your cars
Springfield is dealing with a city-wide issue of cars being broken into. From the 13th to the 16th, 35 cars were broken into. These incidents happened all over the city. Chief Winslow was asked to discuss this situation at last night’s city council meeting.
Winslow had a very simple message for Springfield residents: lock your cars. Although some of the incidents did involve breaking a car’s window, the overwhelming majority did not. 30 of the 35 break-ins were to unlocked vehicles. Thieves were simply checking the handles of cars to find ones that were unlocked. This is not to excuse the criminal activity, but locking your doors is a key step for your protection.
He went on to say that valuables should not be stored in vehicles; and if they must be, they should be out of sight. If thieves do not see anything worth stealing, they will be much less likely to break in. In addition to items like phones and GPS units, garage door openers are items that are often stolen. Once a thief has the garage door opener, the home becomes vulnerable to burglary as well.
The police are still working to catch those individuals responsible for the break-ins. Five individuals have been arrested, but it is believed that there are many more still out there. Suspects include both juveniles and adults. If you see something suspicious, call the dispatch number 217-788-8311. Don’t call your local police officer in these situations; they may not be on duty and so will not answer right away. If you have other information, especially pictures or video, share it with the police. Just putting it on social media will not ensure the police get access to it.
Take the time to make sure your doors are locked. This is a city-wide issue, and it will take a city-wide effort to deal with it.
Man in custody after swastikas found painted on gravestones – Glen Carbon, Illinois
A 34-year-old man was taken into custody for the swastikas spray-painted on more than 200 headstones in a Glen Carbon Cemetery and on homes in the nearby area.
According to CNN – More than 1,300 veterans are buried at the Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, and officials are working hard to get it cleaned up before a Memorial Day event Monday, CNN affiliate KMOV reported. Glen Carbon is located about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis.
“We haven’t seen anything of this magnitude in the 30 years that I’ve been here,” said Mark Johnson, the grounds superintendent of the cemetery. “It’s all hands on deck to try to get this thing cleaned up by Monday.
Edwardsville Police Department shared a video to help identify the suspect.
Springfield man arrested for sexual abuse, child porn, and trafficking charges
This week, a Springfield man was arrested on multiple charges including sexual abuse and human trafficking after local police say that he forced an underage girl to engage in prostitution and produced child pornography.
Springfield Police said Eric O. McClain, age 30, of the 1200 block of South 12th Street in Springfield, Illinois faces six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, six counts of child pornography, three counts of human trafficking, two counts of promoting juvenile prostitution, involuntary servitude of a minor, and involuntary sexual servitude of a minor.
His bond was set at $500,000.
Investigators said that McClain was first arrested on April 19, 2018 after being found with a underage girl at a hotel in Springfield. Police say he attempted to escape from custody and also had an outstanding arrest warrant for obstructing justice.
At that time of the arrest, McClain was charged with obstructing a peace officer, violation of an order of protection, escape, and possession of cannabis. He was arrested and detained at the Sangamon County Jail.
After a subsequent investigation by Springfield Police and the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office led to the sex charges, police said. Authorities said the pornography charges involved a girl under 18 and that McClain recruited a girl under 16 into prostitution. McClain is also accused of having sexual contact with a juvenile.
No names of the victims will be released and the investigation is ongoing in conjunction with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office.