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Weekly Police Incident Report: November 18th - 24th

Publish Date:11/25/2019 3:53 PM
Before we begin, the Clayton Police Department wishes you a safe & happy holiday week. We can help give you peace of mind by checking on your property for you while you're away. Call 314-645-3000 for more information.

For the reporting period of Monday, November 18th - Sunday, November 24th, Clayton Police officers responded to 512 calls for service, including 24 automobile accidents & 26 calls to assist the Fire Department.  Among those calls were the following incidents:

Officers responded to Walgreens Monday morning for a report of a male & female shoplifting. The male subject reportedly left the store with various clothing items & diapers without attempting to pay for them.  The female attempted to conceal cosmetics items but was confronted by an employee & replaced the items.

Staff at the Maryland Walk Building confronted a man, who was not a resident or guest of the building, after staff observing him in the building Monday afternoon. He was identified & notified he was not welcome in the building.

Monday evening, IHOP reported a man & woman failed to pay for their meal before leaving the restaurant. They were located nearby & arrested for stealing.

Tuesday morning, multiple residents in the Moorlands Neighborhood reported their unlocked vehicles were rummaged through in the early hours of the morning. A purse & US currency were taken.

Tuesday afternoon, a driver on I-170 was surprised when one of her wheels fell off her vehicle as she was driving. A driver headed the opposite direction on the highway was equally surprised when he struck the tire after it hopped the center median. Thankfully no one was hurt. (See the attached photo).

A victim reported her vehicle’s windows were damaged Tuesday evening while parked in a garage in the 200 block of S. Meramec. There are no witnesses or suspects at this time.

Wednesday morning, a man carpooled with a coworker & parked his vehicle in a garage in the 7700 block of Bonhomme Ave. They returned to the vehicle that afternoon & discovered someone had damaged the vehicle’s window & removed items. Taken were the coworker’s purse & contents & the driver’s identification & checkbook.

A CPD officer was on patrol in the area of Walgreens Thursday when he discovered a vehicle that was wanted for leaving the scene of an accident in St. Louis City. The officer conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the arrest of the driver & passenger for possession of a controlled substance & drug paraphernalia & for warrants through other agencies.

Friday afternoon, the owner of a shop in the central business district became suspicious of a customer who was carrying a Starbucks tote bag in her store. When she asked about the tote bag, the customer claimed to have purchased it for nearly twice what the shop owner new the bag to be priced. The shop owner contacted Starbucks & staff there reported the same woman had just left the coffeeshop & had not purchased the bag. As of this time she has not been identified.

Late Friday night, a resident reported his vehicle was stolen from his driveway. The vehicle was recovered in East St. Louis, IL on Sunday by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department. Investigation is ongoing.

A traffic stop in the area of I-170 & S. Brentwood Blvd. early Saturday morning resulted in the arrest of the driver for DWI.

Later Saturday morning, 3 residents in the Moorlands Neighborhood reported their vehicles were rummaged through overnight & items were stolen. The vehicles were parked in a shared garage & were left unsecured. Taken were US currency & sunglasses.

Saturday afternoon, a witness observed 3 subjects throwing rocks & breaking windows on a vacant building in the 200 block of N. Meramec. The subjects were identified & the case has been referred to court for consideration.

Saturday evening, officers were contacted by an individual who was concerned about a family member’s mental health. Officers met with the family member who confirmed he was struggling with depression & asked for assistance in seeking treatment.

Lastly, Sunday morning, officers responded to the area of York Dr. & Westwood Dr. after a vehicle was seen leaving the scene of an accident. The striking vehicle was located nearby & after investigation, the driver was arrested for DWI.

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

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