The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to identify two men suspected of stealing a pickup from a shopping plaza parking lot in the 6000 block of the West Outer Road in Imperial. Surveillance footage from a gas station in the 1300 block of Hwy. 61 in the Festus area, where the pickup was later recovered, allegedly shows the suspects, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The 2005 Ford Ranger STX pickup was stolen between about 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. June 18. The owner said he left the pickup at the Imperial shopping plaza because it had a flat tire, the report said.
The victim said later, at about 6:30 p.m., he saw the pickup when he traveled past the shopping center on his way to the Post Office. He said he returned to the center after going to the Post Office and put a jack in the bed of the pickup. The victim said when he put the jack in the pickup, he saw the glove box was open, but the doors where locked. However, at about 8:30 p.m., when the victim was driving on I-55, he noticed the pickup was gone, according to the report.
It is not known how the pickup was removed from the parking lot. However, when the victim returned to the shopping plaza after he saw the pickup missing, he found the jack in the parking spot where the pickup had been, the report said.
The pickup was recovered June 21 at the Festus-area gas station. It did not appear to have been wrecked, but it was no longer running. The pickup was valued at $3,600, the Sheriff’s Office reported
As of June 30, the two men shown in photos taken from the surveillance footage had not been identified, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said. Anyone with information about either of the men is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 636-797-5515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and reference the auto theft investigation with the case No. 20-1965.