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Police Weekly Incident Report: May 27 – June 2, 2019

Publish Date:06/03/2019 8:33 AM
On Tuesday, during the early morning hours, an unknown suspect shattered a window on a building in the 200 S. Central and another building's window on the 200 block of S. Meramec using a brick and a rock. A car’s windshield was also damage inside the Metro garage.

On Tuesday at 2:15 pm, a traffic stop at Clayton Rd. and Crestwood resulted in the driver being issued summonses for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Thursday morning, a resident reported a small amount of change stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Ridgemoor.

On Thursday, a senior citizen reported that she was victimized by a phone scam. During a phone conversation, the suspect talked the victim into purchasing large sums of Best Buy and Google gift cards. The victim provided the suspect with the serial numbers for the gift cards. The suspect also talked the victim into sending him a large sum of cash via FedEx to an address in California. The Clayton officer contacted the police department in California with jurisdiction over that address. The California police department responded to the suspect’s address and arrested the suspect. They also recovered the Clayton victim’s package of cash, along with packages from other victim’s in the United States. The gift cards were already spent.

On Friday morning at between 4:00 – 4:10 am, several unlocked vehicles on the 8000 block of Watkins and the 800 and 900 blocks of S. Meramec were rummaged through. Some of the vehicles had property missing. Home surveillance videos showed several suspects walking in the area and trying to open car doors. They arrived in two vehicles, which followed them as they were trying to open the car doors.

On Sunday at 1:30 am, a traffic stop at Clayton Rd. and S. Hanley Rd. resulted in a DWI arrest.

On Sunday at 1:45 am, a female subject was arrested on the Walgreens parking lot for possession of methamphetamine.

On Sunday at 2:20 am, a resident saw several male subjects running east on the 6600 block of San Bonita. A check of the area found two unlocked vehicles rummaged through with nothing missing.

As you can see from this report, thefts from unlocked vehicles are starting to increase. Other police departments throughout St. Louis County, especially our neighboring jurisdictions, are also reporting an increase in this activity. Please remove valuables, including garage door openers and cars keys, and lock your doors.

During this reporting period, the Clayton Police Department responded to 538 calls for service, including 16 motor vehicle accidents and 45 calls to assist the Fire Department.

Interim Chief Mark Smith
(314) 290-8406
msmith@claytonmo.gov