Resident Catches Men Trying to Open His Window

Police said they matched a fingerprint from a window to the defendant.

A man is being charged for trying to break into a St. Charles house while the resident was home, according to a police report.

Michael C. Matthews, 20, of the 1000 block of Vine Street, was charged Thursday for attempted first-degree burglary.

St. Charles Police said Matthews and another unknown man knocked a front door June 18 in the 700 block of North Duchesne in St. Charles. When no one answered the door, they went around back and removed a screen from rear window and tried to open the window, police said.

They were interrupted by the resident. Matthews told the owner that his daughter kicked a ball on the roof and asked if he could get it down, as the unknown man ran away. When the resident replied that he could get the ball down, Matthews ran in the same direction as the unknown man, police reported.

Police found a fingerprint on the window that matches Matthews, and the resident’s description matched him. Matthews told police he wasn’t at the scene. He could not explain how his fingerprint came to be on the window.

Bail was set at $15,000 for Matthews.

For more crime information on St. Charles Patch, see the following articles:

  • St. Charles Man Charged With St. Louis County Burglary
  • Window Foils Theft; Woman Charged With Attempted Burglary
  • Whoops: Man Charged with Stealing Bike Left Wallet Behind
John November 17, 2012 at 08:06 PM
stlrockhound November 29, 2012 at 06:19 PM
My wife was robbed at gun point in St. Charles in front of our house. Go to Calebelas today. .380 Smith and Wesson $390. Weatherby 12 gauge $450. Barretta 9mm $400. One dead piece of !@#$% in my house PRICELESS!


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