Man Had Stolen Rosary, Blankets, Gift and Credit Cards, Police Say

St. Charles Police said they found the rosary and blankets in Steven Mahler's residence, and the credit and gift cards were found in his car.

A St. Charles man is accused of receiving stolen property, including a rosary, three fleece blankets and gift and store merchandise cards.

Steven D. Mahler, 21, of the 3000 block of St. Camella in St. Charles County, was charged Feb. 13 with receiving stolen property.

St. Charles Police said Mahler’s mother contacted a burglary victim after finding a credit card in her front yard Feb. 9. The victim reported gift cards and credit cards stolen Feb. 8 in St. Charles.

She told the woman that Mahler might have been involved in the burglary, police said.

Police came and searched the home on St. Camella and found a rosary with wooden beads hanging on a sports trophy in Mahler’s bedroom. They also found three fleece blankets in a chest that Mahler’s mother said did not belong in the home.

St. Charles Police pulled Mahler over Feb. 12 on a traffic stop. They found a red velvet bag with 11 gift and store merchandise cards. The gift and credit cards, rosary and blankets were identified as being stolen in the Feb. 8 burglary, police said.

Police said Mahler is a drug user and is on probation for second-degree burglary and felony stealing.

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Joe Scott February 28, 2013 at 01:48 AM
I always thought that was the right approach. I don't think parents should look the other way if their kid commits a crime or try to cover it up. It says you're putting up with it or even accepting it. Teach them to step up and take responsibility. It doesn't mean you won't help them through it, but it shows you're not going to support behavior that's wrong.
jc March 01, 2013 at 07:25 AM
That mother did the right thing. Steve though set her up for failure. Steve knew she found the wallet and acted like he knew nothing about it. Not only is he making misery for himself, but for everyone else also. Hopefully if he's put in the place he belongs. So, we can all move on in our lives knowing that, that's one less person i have to worry about hurting myself, my things, and my family.
Tracy Young March 02, 2013 at 01:10 AM
About time.
Kalen Ponche March 02, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Please remember to respect the terms of use. No cursing is permitted.
Joe Scott March 02, 2013 at 07:51 PM
By the way, I'm not saying this young man is guilty. I'm just stating that, in general, parents should not try to hide crimes their sons or daughters commit because it reinforces a feeling of entitlement -- that it's OK for them to commit a crime.


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