A Frankford man has been charged with burglary and stealing.

A Frankford man has been charged with burglary and stealing.

On Oct. 7, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residential burglary on Highway B east of Frankford. The investigation by Sheriff’s Office Detectives developed a suspect. On Oct. 14, detectives went to Chris Riddle’s home and observed a barbecue grill that had been reported stolen from New London. Riddle was out of state at the time. On Oct. 15, Detectives returned and took Riddle into custody. At that time items were found that had been taken from home in Atlas, Ill., earlier that day.

Riddle was charged class C felonies of burglary in the second degree and stealing. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only. Riddle is a convicted sex offender who is required to register with the Sheriff’s Office.

Riddle also has charges out of Pike County, Ill., for residential burglary, theft under $500 and criminal damage to property. Bond in Illinois has been set $50,000. Charges are pending in Ralls County.

Increase in crime

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office has seen a recent increase of crimes reported, especially thefts. For the first seven months of 2015, the Sheriff’s Office generated 409 total reports. Since Aug. 1, the Sheriff’s Office has taken 199.

For 2009-10 the Sheriff’s Office had nine deputies with one detective. For 2014-15 there were 11 deputies with three detectives. Statistically speaking the additional staff has shown a benefit to the county.

For January 2014 through August 2015.

Reported crimes:

Burglary, 32; Stealing, 52; Assaults,64; Property Damage,129.

Number of counts charged or forwarded to the Prosecutor:

Burglary/Stealing, 198 (90counts were against 6 suspects for one burglary); Felony and Misdemeanor Narcotics, 303.

Proactive drug enforcement has led to fewer property crimes and aided us in solving the ones that weren’t prevented. Due to financial constraints the Sheriff’s Office has not replaced a Deputy who resigned in August resulting in one detective returning to regular patrol duties.