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G'dale police arrested alleged purse thief
Written by Staff   
Friday, January 25, 2013 2:12 PM

Greendale Police Department arrested a man Thursday, Jan. 24, suspected of taking items from a vehicle in the Circle K parking lot earlier in January.

Kenneth S. Eads, 35, Lincoln Street, Aurora, is charged with forgery, a class C felony; fraud, class D felony; two counts of theft, class D felony, and two counts of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, class B misdemeanor, in connection with a theft of purse and credit cards reported to Greendale Police Friday, Jan. 4.

GPD Officer David Schwarz responded to the initial call of a theft of a purse, money, and credit cards at Circle K, U.S. 50 and Interstate 275. Surveillance video was obtained from the store showing a possible suspect in a tan or brown mini-van.

The suspect was then seen using one of the stolen credit cards at Wal-Mart in Aurora.

Greendale Police received another report of a theft of contents from a vehicle at Circle K at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

In this case a cell phone and purse were stolen. Surveillance video showed the suspect’s vehicle to be the same vehicle used in the Jan. 4 theft.

An alert citizen observed the vehicle again at Circle K on Monday, Jan. 21, and GPD Officers Spinnati, Schnebelt, and Schmaltz were able to detain the vehicle and its occupants.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Eads.  Follow up investigation, interviews, and searches by Sgt. Kendle Davis and Sgt. Kevin Turner led to further evidence resulting in the arrest of Eads for the above charges.

The Greendale Police would like to thank the public for their response in helping to solve this crime.

Citizens are reminded not to leave vehicles unlocked when unoccupied, and to keep valuables out of view when left in vehicles.