ST. PETERS (KSDK) - The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged a 23-year-old St. Peters man in connection with recent burglaries after he was found in possession of stolen goods.
According to Officer Melissa Doss, a spokeswoman for the St. Peters Police Department, a burglary occurred during the overnight hours at a residence in the 900 block of Comstock Station. The victim discovered their smartphone and cash had been stolen from the kitchen table. Police believe the suspect gained access to the residence through an unlocked rear door.
Hours after officers took the burglary report the victim contacted police and said the GPS app on his phone was showing a "current location" on Country Creek Drive.
Officers responded to that address and found the stolen smartphone from the Comstock Station burglary as well as a stolen firearm from a burglary on July 20 in the 500 block of Wyatt Drive. Police found the suspect, identified as Benjamin Lillard, hiding in the attic of the residence. He was taken into custody without incident.
Lillard was recently released from prison in February 2013 after serving 15 months for second-degree burglary and other charges. At the time of this most recent arrest, Lillard had outstanding arrest warrants for assault.
Benjamin Lillard was charged Tuesday with receiving stolen property and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He remains in custody at St. Charles County Jail on a $5,000 bond.