Cape man in jail on suspicion of Pacific Street house burglary

Monday, January 12, 2004

A Cape Girardeau man is in jail on $100,000 bond for suspicion of burglarizing a home on Pacific Street early Sunday morning, according to Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle.

Swingle requested and received the high bond from Judge William Syler Jr. because Benjamin E. Bird Sr., 49, has nine felony convictions for theft-related offenses between 1972 and 2000.

Most recently, Bird was convicted of possession of burglar's tools and sentenced to five years in prison of May 15, 2000.

Bird could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted: 15 years for the burglary charge and 15 years for a stealing charge, according to the prosecutor's office.