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Two Litchfield Residents Charged for Their Roles in Burglary

Six people were charged Thursday afternoon, including two from Litchfield, after a burglary was reported at a residence in Cottage Hills.

Kenneth Barker, 31, was charged with one count of residential burglary, and Tasha Corn, 29, was charged with obstructing justice for their roles in the incident. Both are from Litchfield. Barker is being held on $100,000 bond and Corn was given $15,000 bond.

The Madison County Sheriff's office was alerted to a residential burglary in the 1300 block of 8th Street in Cottage Hills Thursday just after 1 p.m. The victim of the burglary told police that several suspects entered his residence as he was sleeping and caused him to wake up. He found the suspects in possession of his television and was allegedly battered when he tried to stop the incident.

The suspects allegedly left with the television in a car, which was spotted by reporters at the scene of the incident. The vehicle was spotted at a residence in the 1300 block of 2nd Street, where police said the victims fled to. The residence was surrounded and the suspects were asked to vacate in a peaceful manner, but allegedly refused to comply.

Police were eventually able to get a warrant to enter the residence after hours of failed negotiations. After tear gas was utilized, police apprehended four individuals. Along with Barker, they included Duane Reams, 31, and Christopher Martin, 45, both of Bethalto, and Michael Eldridge of Hartford.

Corn and another female, 27-year-old Brittany Stinnett of Cottage Hills, were not charged with burglary, but rather were charged with obstructing justice after allegedly providing authorities with false information.

The East Alton, Wood River and Bethalto Police Departments, the State Police and the Cottage Hills Fire Department all assisted at the scene.