Crime Tracker: Unsolved Carbondale Cases

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By Sam Jones
By Ben Jeffords

JACKSON COUNTY-- News 3 is taking a closer at crimes happening near you.

This week, we're focusing on a car theft and an armed robbery in Carbondale.

Police say they're hiring more officers to patrol on nights and weekends. Some will work robbery and burglary details. They need your help to catch those responsible for the crimes in this report.

Police say the 500 block of Ash St. was the scene of an armed robbery early Sunday morning. Three victims were attacked by a group of men.

"A kid comes running out of that alley looking bad, and he was crying. Seemed really scared. He didn't know a gun was being pointed to his head. Then he looked over and it was there," said witness Adam Viederis.

There aren't many streetlights in the area, and Viederis says the crime happened in a dark alley between two buildings.

According to police, a suspect pointed a silver gun at one victim while he took property. Another held a victim at knifepoint, before all four fled northbound on Ash. Investigators don't have a good description of any of the robbers; witnesses say they were driving a tan-color sedan.

A car theft in the parking lot behind Pagliai's this fall also remains unsolved. It happened after Nicole Cavitt left her vehicle for a couple hours at night.

"We come back out and we're like maybe we just parked it somewhere else and don't remember, but it was gone," Cavitt said.

They checked tow yards in the area, to no avail. She had left the windows cracked just enough for the perpetrator to gain entry. It's a move she now regrets.

There's been no trace of the 2002 maroon Mercury Sable since September. It had lots of dents and a Supergirl sticker. Cavitt hasn't heard of any leads from police. The college student can't afford a new car, so she walks around town.

"I look around and see like duplicates of my car, and I'm like that's my car. It's never my car," added Cavitt.

If you have any information about either incident, contact Carbondale police at (618)457-3200.

We'll be tracking different crimes each week and want to hear from you. Send tips by email to sjones@wsiltv.com or facebook message to WSIL Sam Jones.

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