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Collinsville Men Sought In String Of Montgomery County Burglaries

By Jake Leonard

Several individuals are either awaiting arrest or is currently in jail in relation to a string of burglaries in four counties. Officials from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) has made arrests recently relating to burglaries last year in Montgomery, Macoupin, Madison, and Randolph counties.

Montgomery County deputies took a report in a November 26, 2021 burglary from a business in the village of Harvel. An investigation has uncovered the identity of a Collinsville area man where stolen property was recovered at their residence. An arrest warrant is pending in Montgomery County court through the office of State’s Attorney Andrew Affrunti. The identity of the subject was not specified in the press release made available Friday by Sheriff Rick Robbins.

The village of Raymond reported burglaries to their maintenance shed and to Shoal Creek Golf Course on January 2. According to the release, the burglaries occurred in the early morning hours of January 2. A joint investigation by the village, Raymond Police Department, and MCSD led to the location of a vehicle suspected to be in use in the commission of these burglaries. The stolen property was recovered in this instance. Arrest warrants for Michael Seyler, 27, and Daryn Laschanzky, 27, both of Collinsville are pending in Montgomery County court.

Other arrests include:

William Dyer, 45, of Hillsboro, in relation to a no-bond arrest warrant for theft over $10,000;

Brandon Schehl, 29, of Mt. Olive, Garrett Melton, 28, of Panama, and Andrew Leible, 27, of Hillsboro in relation to a string of burglaries in Panama between December 29 and January 11.

Investigations are ongoing in these burglaries with stolen property still to be recovered. Robbins anticipates that further arrests are to be anticipated.

The arrests are the result of assistance from multiple agencies, including a coalition of the sheriff’s departments and State’s Attorneys in Montgomery, Macoupin, Madison, and Randolph counties. Other agencies aiding during the investigations include the Raymond Police Department, Mt. Olive Police Department, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigative Unit, and South Central Illinois Drug Task Force.

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