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Man Put on Probation For Burglary Steals Boots 13 Days Later, Police Say

The 18-year-old man was charged with his third stealing offense within two years.

Two weeks after pleading guilty to a burglary and theft, an 18-year-old man faces a criminal charge of stealing boots from Kohl’s department store in O’Fallon Sunday.

Brian Chappel, 18, of the first block of East O’Fallon Drive in O’Fallon, was charged Monday with stealing as a third offense.

If he’s found guilty, it would be Chappel's third stealing conviction within two years.

O’Fallon Police said Chappel went into Kohl’s wearing athletic shoes, but changed into boots in the shoe department. He left his shoes on the shelf and walked out wearing the boots without paying for them, police said.

He was stopped by a store security guard.

Police said Chappel refused to stand and walk out to the squad car, so he was carried to the vehicle.

Chappel was placed on probation Jan. 14 after he pleaded guilty to a second-degree burglary on June 30 in O’Fallon.

He also pleaded guilty in 2011 to stealing on March 14, 2011.

Chappel was being held in St. Charles County jail Tuesday. Bond was set at $25,000.

For more crime information on O’Fallon Patch, see the following articles:

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  • Police: Woman Charged With Three O'Fallon Burglaries
Carmen Sida January 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Ok so lets see if I got this straight this little clepto's bail is 25,000 for stealing a pair of boots. Yet a different kid fires off a stolen gun during a fist fight and his bail is only 10,000..... Am I the only person that thinks something is wrong with this picture?
Tom Smith January 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Based on prior convictions am likely hood of actually showing up for court given probability thief is going have room reservations already since he's on probation! Not likely yo appear, high bond helps! Discharge of weapon bond also based on circumstances , court records , reports. Perpetrator has rights until disclosure at arraignment ! Sad isn't it!
PMS January 31, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Repeat offender on probation Carmen, that's the only reason that I can think of.
Rich Pope February 01, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Carmen, nope. You're right. It's topsy turvey.

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