Police Weekly Incident Report: Monday, July 15th - Sunday, July 21st
For the reporting period of Monday, July 15th - Sunday, July 21st, Clayton Police officers responded to 518 calls for service, including 13 automobile accidents & 33 calls to assist the Fire Department. Among those calls were the following incidents:
Early Monday morning, two subjects enjoyed a meal at IHOP & left without paying.
Monday night, a patron at the Shaw Park Pool found himself locked inside the complex after closing. Officers assisted his exit & re-secured the property.
Tuesday morning, a subject returned to her vehicle after a court appearance & discovered the back window had been broken out with a rock. She believes her estranged husband is responsible for the damage, but officers are looking for witnesses.
Later Tuesday, a patient at Barnes Extended Care reported someone removed her wallet & cash from her purse without her consent.
You may have noticed a large police presence in the 8300 block of Maryland Tuesday afternoon. Officers responded after a subject entered a business in the area & made statements which caused the staff to fear for their safety. Upon arrival officers encountered a male subject in the midst of a mental health crisis. Officers were able to deescalate the situation & successfully assisted the subject to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
Early Wednesday morning, an intoxicated subject was found sleeping on a bench in the central business district. He was assisted in securing a cab ride home. Later Wednesday morning, a patron of Shaw Park parked her vehicle near the tennis courts. The vehicle was locked with her purse in plain view. When she returned approximately 2 hours later she discovered someone had broken a hole in her window & removed her wallet, leaving the purse behind. Officers are looking for witnesses.
Wednesday afternoon a driver was traveling in the 10 block of Aberdeen when his vehicle caught fire. He maneuvered the vehicle safely to the curb where it quickly became fully engulfed. Clayton Fire personnel were able to extinguish the flames & the only casualties were the vehicle & a nearby tree.
Early Thursday morning, a resident in the 10 block of Claverach awoke to his vehicle alarm sounding. At the time he did not observe anyone in the immediate area & the cause of the alarm is unknown.
Thursday evening a resident in the 6300 block of Alexander reported their dog caught an unknown suspect rummaging through their unlocked vehicles. In his effort to get away, the suspect dropped his personal phone inside their vehicle & someone concerned about the suspect began texting the phone. The phone was turned over to police & a potential suspect has been identified.
Friday morning, a resident in the 200 block of S. Meramec reported jewelry was stolen from her apartment sometime between March 1st & the end of May. She suspects a former employee is responsible for the theft. Early Sunday morning, a traffic stop led to the arrest of an intoxicated driver. The driver was also in possession of a suspected narcotic.
In an effort to help reduce crimes of opportunity in our community, the Clayton Police Department is asking you to start a #9pmroutine. Please remove anything of value from your vehicles. Don’t leave car keys inside the car even if they belong to a different vehicle. Also, as inconvenient as it may seem, we don’t recommend leaving garage door openers in your car. Make sure you’re locking your vehicles & securing your homes. If you have security systems, please use them even when you are home. The #9pmroutine is a national campaign effort to encourage people to make the above habits part of your daily routine. We recommend you follow these steps all day, every day.
Stay safe everyone!
Cpl. Jenny Schwartz