Weekly Police Incident Report: February 24th - March 1st
For the reporting period of Monday, February 24th - Sunday, March 1st, CPD officers responded to 467 calls for service including 26 automobile accidents & 32 calls to assist the Fire Department. Among those calls were the following incidents:
A man’s conscience got the best of him & he responded to the CPD Monday afternoon to report he had used his brother’s identification information when he was arrested for DWI last fall. The man’s real identity was confirmed & he was arrested for providing a false identity.
Motorists were in for quite a surprise Tuesday morning when as a result of a 3 vehicle accident on I-170, one of the vehicles caught fire. Thankfully no one was injured.
Early Thursday morning, officers arrested a man for trespassing after it was discovered he had purposely locked himself into a restroom before the building was secured the night before. The man was previously banned from the property for similar incidents.
Thursday afternoon a woman reported she had fallen victim to a utility bill scam. Two individuals contacted her by phone through a 1-800 number & identified themselves as representatives of the utility company. They falsely claimed she had defaulted on her services & successfully defrauded her of the “past due” amount in the form of a bitcoin transaction.
A traffic stop in the area of N. Bemiston & Forsyth early Saturday morning resulted in the arrest of the driver for DWI.
Saturday afternoon, a man reported a leaf blower was stolen from his vehicle while he was completing landscape work in the area of Pershing & N. Brentwood.
Sunday morning IHOP employees called for assistance after a woman left without paying for her meal. The woman was located nearby & was issued a summons for stealing.
Finally, during a basketball game at the Center of Clayton Sunday afternoon, 2 spectators became involved in a verbal altercation over the woman’s cheering. The woman claimed the man escalated the incident by repeatedly grabbing her arm without her permission. Investigation is ongoing.
The CPD would like to remind you that Ameren, Spire, MSD, etc. will never accept payment in the form of crypto currencies or gift cards. If you are asked to make a suspicious payment, end the call & verify the information by checking your account. If you discover you have become the victim of a scam, report the information to the PD & your financial institutions as soon as possible. The FTC provides helpful information on identifying, reporting & protecting yourself from utility scams. You can find their information here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/09/empower-yourself-against-utility-scams