Lincoln County, Mo. - A St. Louis County man is facing multiple charges after a three-month investigation.
On May 27, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of trespassing at the 2300 block of Highway C in Old Monroe. The victim told detectives someone had cut the lock off his storage unit and stolen his utility vehicle.
The UTV was later found abandoned across the street.
A witness identified 30-year-old Cody Maki, of Fenton, as the owner of a nearby storage unit, which someone had driven a vehicle into the door, causing substantial damage.
Three days later, another victim reported her storage unit had been broken into the same night as the original thefts. She reported camping gear was stolen from the unit, valued at about $2,000.
A review of the surveillance video revealed around 2:44 a.m. on May 27, an orange van arrived at the storage units. Maki was seen exiting the van with bolt cutters heading toward the unit where the UTV was stolen. The video also showed Maki loading items into the van from the second storage unit.
For video comparison, Maki was seen driving onto the property in a blue minivan on May 29.
On Aug. 26, Maki was taken into custody driving the orange van, which was reported stolen out of Wentzville.
After waiving his Miranda rights, Maki told detectives on May 27, he drove the stolen van to the property and cut the lock of his storage unit, but denied stealing any items.
Once detectives showed Maki the surveillance photos, he advised he was the one leaving the van with bolt cutters while approaching the unit where the UTV was stolen.
Maki also admitted he drove his sister’s van to the property in June.
Lincoln County Sheriff Rick Harrell said he is proud of his detectives for bringing a resolution to the case, but also said there is much more work to be done to protect property owners.
“When stolen property is recovered, detectives always seek to return the property back to the rightful owners,” he said. “Potential crime victims are encouraged to contact LCSO at (636) 528-8546 to make arrangements to come view the loads of hand tools and power tools recently recovered during a search warrant.”
Maki has been charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, stealing items valued at $750 or more, stealing a motor vehicle and first-degree tampering of a motor vehicle.
Harrell continued to say other cases might be potentially solved through the items located, and is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owners of the stolen property.
“Detectives are asking crime victims to come to the LCSO to help identify items belonging to them,” he said. “Items were likely stolen from farms and construction sites in Lincoln County and surrounding communities.
“Due to the volume of stolen property recovered, the hope is that additional cases can be solved and property returned. Victims should come ready with their case numbers from reported thefts.”
(All persons charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)