The third time was not a charm for six people who seemed to be under the impression a Terre Du Lac home was their own private liquor store.
“On Nov. 3, Terre Du Lac officers Blum and Lavander responded to a residence in for a burglary. Upon investigating the scene it appeared someone had forced entry into the home by kicking in the back door to the residence,” said Terre Du Lac Police Chief Tim Cook.
The chief said the thieves took crystal glass and several bottles of alcohol. The value of the stolen items was several thousand dollars.
The next day, Cpl. Price responded to a second burglary of the same home. Police say it appeared the thieves struck the house again, taking the same types of items. Cpl. Price and Chief Cook set up cameras inside the home, thinking “if they done it twice they will come back for a third shot,” the chief later explained.
Sure enough, within two days the subjects came back again. Photographs and short bursts of video captured five subjects inside the home. After officers reviewed the evidence, one of the officers recognized one of the subjects and knew he lived in Potosi.
“The Potosi police sergeant we spoke to knew who we were talking about and said she would attempt to pick the subject up for us,” Cook said.
Terre Du Lac officers went to Potosi and ended up taking six people into custody for questioning. All six confessed to being in the home and taking the items without permission. Police recovered some of those items.
The six are facing charges of second-degree burglary, stealing and property damage. Police say reports have been completed and sent to the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for review.