CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX)-Police believe they’ve found the man responsible for last month’s home invasion at the Chesterfield home of a local jeweler.
Chesterfield Police Captain Steve Lewis tells KMOX that 42-year-old Richard Lynch of O’Fallon, Missouri was tracked down after allegedly tried to sell some of the stolen property, “We were notified by a St. Louis area business that they had received a piece of the items that were taken from our victim in an attempt to turn them in for melt value.”
Lynch, who Lewis says has an extensive history of property crimes, is being held on a quarter million dollars bond for robbery, burglary, assault, felonious restraint and armed criminal action.
Lynch is accused of forcing his way into a home in the 13,000 block of La Barge Drive at gunpoint on February 17. He allegedly took jewelry and other property, and struck one of the victims in the head.
Lewis says investigators believe Lynch knew his victim was a jeweler, but there’s no indication he had any connection with the victim, “The victim did not identify him as someone he had known or had come into contact with.”
Lewis says after such thefts, area pawn shops and other businesses are notified to be on the lookout for the stolen property, ”In this particular case kudos to the business people involved and their ability to assist us and call our attention to something we may not have solved without their assistance.”
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