Weekly Police Incident Report: September 2nd - 8th
For the reporting period of Monday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 8th, Clayton Police officers responded to 511 calls for service, including 24 automobile accidents & 32 calls to assist the Fire Department. Many of these calls resulted in ongoing investigations. If you have any information related to these cases, please contact the Clayton Police Department at (314)-645-3000. Among the calls for service last week were the following incidents:
Late Monday night, a delivery driver was preoccupied with delivering supplies to IHOP when a juvenile subject entered the cab of the delivery truck & stole a bag containing the driver’s wallet. The juvenile was located a short time later with two adult males. The bag was recovered but the wallet is still missing. The adults were identified & released from the scene. The juvenile was charged with the stealing & was released to his mother. The same subjects are believed to have been attempting to enter vehicles parked in the area of 400 corporate park earlier in the evening.
Early Tuesday morning, an officer was on patrol in the area of Concordia & Alamo when he observed a white in color BMW passenger vehicle parked in the middle of the street with a male subject wearing dark clothing standing next to it. The officer observed broken glass next to a vehicle parked nearby. It was later discovered the window & door of the vehicle were damaged. When the officer turned onto Alamo to investigate further, the male subject entered the passenger side of the parked vehicle & the vehicle quickly reversed down the street before fleeing the area heading the wrong direction down a one-way street. A few hours later, a resident in the 6600 block of San Bonita discovered a rear passenger window on his vehicle had been broken in the same manner as the vehicle on Alamo & the vehicle had been rummaged through. A second resident in the 6600 block of San Bonita reported her unlocked vehicle had also been rummaged through overnight. It does not appear anything was taken from any of the vehicles.
Later Tuesday morning, a resident in the 8100 block of Whitburn reported her unlocked vehicle had been rifled through overnight but nothing was taken.
Tuesday evening, officers responded to Herbie’s after a male subject failed to pay for his meal. Employees confronted the subject who was attempting to flee the area on a bicycle. The man left his bicycle behind & left on foot. Late Tuesday night, officers observed a male subject peering into the windows of the restaurant. Contact was made with the subject & it was determined he was the same man who had earlier failed to pay for his meal. While investigating further, officers discovered that just prior to their arrival, the man had contacted 911 for assistance in getting his bicycle. He was subsequently arrested for stealing.
Wednesday morning, a resident in the 600 block of Francis Pl. reported his Honda Accord was stolen from in front of the residence overnight. The vehicle was unlocked & a spare set of keys had been left inside. Shortly after, a resident in the 700 block of Langton Dr. reported someone removed a bag containing a laptop & his passport from his unlocked vehicle. A check of surveillance cameras in the area revealed two passenger vehicles stop in the area at approximately 1245am. An unidentifiable suspect was observed entering the unlocked vehicle & removing the bag before returning to the awaiting passenger vehicle. Officers were later contacted by a St. Louis City Police Officer who recovered the bag & passport in the area of Fairground Park. In close proximity to the recovered items were several other backpacks & two vehicles stolen from other jurisdictions. The laptop is still missing.
Wednesday afternoon, officers responded to the St. Louis County Jail after a female subject was found to be in possession of suspected Fentanyl. She was arrested for possession of a controlled substance & released to jail personnel.
Officers were contacted by a subject moving into an apartment she is subletting from a friend in the 800 block of Westwood. She explained she had not yet taken up residency but had moved some of her belongings in. Upon returning to the unit Wednesday evening, she discovered several items had been removed.
Later Wednesday evening, a visitor to the 900 block of DeMun returned to her vehicle to discover one of the rear windows had been broken. Taken from the vehicle were US currency, & a massage mat.
Thursday morning, officers were alerted to a larceny at CVS, where the suspect had left the scene in a vehicle. Officers responding to the area located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle & made a traffic stop nearby. Contact was made with the driver, who was identified as the same suspect from CVS, & a passenger, identified as the vehicle owner. As the two subjects were detained, additional officers responded to CVS where they determined no items had been removed from the store. The male subject admitted he had intended to steal items from the store but had changed his mind. Both subjects consented to a search of the vehicle & its contents. Officers located a container of white powder which the male claimed ownership of, identifying it as Fentanyl. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
Thursday afternoon, the owners of a business in the 200 block of S. Central reported they discovered a data breach wherein numerous clients had personal information compromised. The investigation is ongoing & the company is working to notify any impacted customers. The name of the company is being withheld pending notification of the customers.
Early Friday morning, the manager at IHOP observed a male employee steal money from a table before he left the restaurant. The suspect was located nearby & admitted to taking the money. He was arrested for stealing.
Friday afternoon, officers responded to the Washington University west campus for a felony stealing report wherein the suspect stole a purse & laptop. The suspect was located in the area of N. Bemiston & Delmar & was found in possession of the laptop. He was arrested for stealing & the purse & its other contents were later recovered.
Friday evening, Clayton Officers responded to calls for service within Richmond Heights while Richmond Heights Officers were unavailable due to protests in & around the Galleria. Additional officers from Clayton & neighboring jurisdictions were deployed to assist with crowd control during the protests.
Saturday morning, a vehicle was in line at the Clayton Car Wash when the driver attempted to back out of their place in line. The vehicle struck an awning post on the business & an unknown female driver exited the vehicle. According to the manager, there were no employees at the front desk at the time & the driver left the scene without speaking to anyone. Officers are attempting to identify the driver.
Saturday afternoon, a passerby in the area of Mark Twain Cl. witnessed a vehicle accident involving a parked vehicle. The witness observed the male driver of the striking vehicle inspect the damage to the parked vehicle before leaving the scene. Officers are attempting to identify the driver.
Later Saturday afternoon, the manager at IHOP reported 4 subjects failed to pay for their meals. They were last seen leaving the area in a black Toyota Camry with Missouri license plates.
Saturday evening, officers were notified the Toyota Corolla stolen from the 7700 block of Bonhomme on August 12th had been recovered in St. Louis City. The vehicle was processed for evidence before it was released to the owner.
Heavy rain Sunday morning resulted in the collapse of two tents in the Art Fair site & caused damage to the art stored inside. The same weather front resulted in a limb from a city tree falling onto a vehicle in the 7600 block of Walinca, causing damage to the vehicle.
Sunday evening, officers responded to the St. Louis County Jail for a report of a physical altercation between two male inmates. The victim & witness reported the suspect attacked the victim unprovoked. Officers attempted to interview the suspect, however he refused to cooperate with the investigation. The matter will be forwarded to the Clayton municipal prosecutor for consideration.
Please consider registering your home &/or business surveillance cameras with the Clayton Community Camera Program. Video plays an important part in many investigations & is often the key to convicting suspects. For additional information please visit: www.claytonmo.gov/government/police/community-camera-program
Lastly, thank you to each of you who stopped by to introduce yourselves at the Art Fair this weekend. It was a pleasure meeting you.
Cpl. Jenny Schwartz