A St. Louis man has been charged with five felonies and a misdemeanor for allegedly burglarizing the VLR Storage business in Barnhart twice this month, court documents said
Danny Castillo, 31, of St. Louis reportedly forced his way into numerous storage units at the storage facility, 7079 Old Hwy. 21, on May 3 and again on May 5. He also allegedly broke into the business office on May 5. He allegedly stole at least $900 worth of items and caused more than $1,500 in damage to the business on those two days, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported
Birch allegedly pried a locker door open with a crowbar on May 3, and he then knocked holes in the walls to get into at least seven more storage units. He allegedly stole jewelry and stereo equipment that was valued at more than $750 and caused more than $750 in damage at the business that day, the probable-cause statement in the case said.
On May 5, Castillo returned to the storage business, and he allegedly forced his way into an office by damaging the door and then stole several power tools that were in the office before making his way into more storage units. After leaving the office, he allegedly used a crowbar to break into one unit, and then he knocked holes in walls to enter five more units. He also allegedly cut locks to get inside two other storage units. The damage to the business on May 5 was estimated at more than $750, the report said.
The Sheriff’s Office said it was still working to get itemized lists from the owners of the units that were broken into. The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone who believes items were stolen from their units to call 636-797-5515.
Castillo was arrested Tuesday afternoon (May 19) after deputies found him at a home in the 4000 block of Birch Drive in Imperial and then booked at 2:38 p.m., Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said.
He was charged Wednesday (May 20) with two counts of second-degree burglary, both class D felonies; two counts of first-degree property damage, class E felonies; one count of stealing, a class D felony; and one count of class D misdemeanor stealing. Each of the class D felonies is punishable by up to seven years in prison, the class E felonies each carries a penalty of up to four years in prison, and a class D misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $500.
As of this afternoon (May 22), he was being held in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $300,000, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Castillo also is facing felony charges for second-degree burglary, first-degree property damage and possession of burglary tools in St. Louis County for an incident that occurred in January, according to court documents.