Serial robbery suspect sought for smash-&-grabs

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WCIA) -- Authorities are searching for a burglary suspect. A break-in happened about 10:45 pm, Wednesday, October 11, at AT&T Communications, in the 1300-block of Thelma Keller Blvd.

Two suspects broke an outside glass door, then damaged an interior door before stealing two headphones worth almost $300 each.

23-year old Matthew Moore, of Chicago, is being sought as one of the suspects. Authorities say a vehicle owned by Moore was at the scene.

Officials say similar smash-and-grab burglaries, targeting cellphone businesses, have been taking place around the state. Moore has been positively identified by video surveillance and other evidence to be responsible for multiple other thefts.

“Utilizing technology and all the networks available, not only locally, but also throughout the state, helps us tremendously in a case like this,” commented Chief Jeffrey Fuesting. “Being located at the intersection of two major interstates, Effingham is vulnerable to individuals coming in with the intent to commit a crime then leave. Teaming up with other jurisdictions to solve these types of crimes helps send a message to those would-be criminals that we will not tolerate their behavior, and we will wisely use our resources to prosecute those responsible and protect the citizens of Effingham.”

Moore is a 23-year old man, black, 6'0", 150 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His bond is set at $25,000. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

Effingham Police Department 
(217) 347 - 0774 
Crime Stoppers  
(217) 347 - 6583 


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