An 18-year-old Cahokia, Ill., man arrested in St. Louis County said he was part of a group that broke into and stole items from vehicles in Arnold. The thefts occurred over two days at three of the city’s hotels, a manufacturing plant, a subdivision and Arnold City Park, Arnold Police reported.
The teenager was arrested Oct. 6 in St. Louis County after he was stopped in a gray Toyota Highlander suspected of being connected to thefts in an Arnold subdivision. The Highlander had been reported stolen, and the teen allegedly admitted to taking part in other vehicle break-ins and thefts throughout St. Louis County, Arnold Police Cpl. Brett Ackermann said.
The teen is suspected of being one of at least four men seen between about 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Sept. 29 breaking into and stealing from vehicles at the Quality Inn, 3610 W. Outer Road; WoodSpring Suites, 888 Arnold Commons Drive; Pear Tree Inn, 1201 Drury Lane; and Sinclair and Rush, a business at 123 Manufactures Drive, Arnold Police said.
A window was smashed and a door frame was damaged on a Ford F-250 parked outside the Quality Inn, and a backpack worth about $100 was stolen out of it. The damage to the pickup was estimated at $2,500, the report said.
At WoodSpring Suites, back driver-side windows were smashed on a GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado, an Infinity and a Cadillac Escalade. The damage to the GMC was estimated at $600, the damage to the Chevrolet was estimated at $700, the damage to the Infinity was estimated at $500 and the Cadillac damage was estimted at about $200, the report said.
Arnold Police also reported that a lunch box and a pair of Apple Air pods worth about $200 were stolen from the Infinity, and an iPad worth about $50 was stolen from the Cadillac. Nothing was reported stolen from the GMC or Chevrolet.
Rear driver-side windows were smashed on a Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Silverado 2500 at the Pear Tree Inn, and the cost to repair the Colorado was estimated at $750, the Focus at $600 and the Silverado, which also had its door frame damaged, at $3,000, according to the report.
A wedding band, tools and credit cards valued at about $649 were stolen from the Colorado. Two purses and jewelry worth about $800 were stolen from the Focus, and binoculars valued at $250, as well as $80 worth of change, were stolen from the Silverado, the report said.
The back driver-side window was smashed on a GMC Canyon parked outside Sinclair and Rush, a plastics manufacturing plant, but noting was reported stolen from it. The cost to repair the window was estimated at $800, and a white Ford Escape was seen in surveillance video at the scene, according to the report.
The teen also allegedly took part in break-ins and thefts in Arnold on Oct. 4 in the 1300 block of Primrose Drive and at Arnold City Park. About $1,000 worth of keys were stolen from a Dodge Ram, which was left unlocked in front of a home on Primrose. At the park, the passenger-side windows were smashed on a Dodge Caravan and Ford Escape, Arnold Police reported.
The damage to the Caravan was estimated at $600, and the damage to the Escape was estimated at $300. The victims reported that their purses were stolen from the vehicles, and one of the victims had an iPhone8 stolen. Those items were valued at about $930, the report said.
The teen is believed to be one of four young men seen in video surveillance from some of the Arnold thefts getting out of the Highlander he was driving when St. Louis County Police arrested him, as well as a white Ford Escape that was seen in video surveillance from the theft at Sinclair and Rush. Ackermann said the teen allegedly admitted to being in the vehicles seen in surveillance videos. However, the teen would not tell investigators who he was working with during the thefts.
Arnold Police will seek charges against the teen through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for property damage and stealing, Ackermann said. He said the teenager was still being held Oct. 7 by St. Louis County Police.