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Police:Webster Groves Chase Suspects Part of Burglary Ring

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WEBSTER GROVES, Mo (KMOX)-Investigators say the two adults and one juvenile arrested after a chase from Webster Groves into south St. Louis Friday morning are part of a burglary ring area police agencies are investigating.

Their arrests ended a crime spree that Glendale Police Sgt. Bob Catlett says started with the theft of a van on Wilmington in St. Louis. He says they later abandoned then in Shrewsbury, where they stole a jeep.

He says their first break-in attempt was at a home on Crofton, on the Glendale/Webster Groves border, while the resident was still home, “She was standing in her kitchen, saw them. They made eye contact apparently through the kitchen window. They left the Crofton address and then came into Glendale on Austin Place.”

Catlett says they broke into one home on Austin Place, a break-in that wasn’t discovered until after noon, taking a laptop computer and flat-screen TV.

He says they then attempted to break into another nearby home, “We received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 100 block of Austin Place who was reporting that two black males were breaking into her front door. She was in her bedroom at the time. She ran and locked herself in the bathroom.”

Catlett says by the time officers got there :30 seconds later the suspects had gotten away.

Moments later Webster Groves Police got a report of an attempted break-in in the 500 block of Locust Court.  As officers raced to the scene, they passed the suspect’s jeep.

Webster Police Captain Stephan Spear says, “The suspects refused to yield and on at least two occasions the driver of the suspect vehicle attempted to strike our Webster cars.”

Police chased the suspects down I-44 into the city of St. Louis. The suspects abandoned their vehicle at Ohio and Rutger, and were found later in a nearby apartment.

Catlett says police recovered the stolen property.  He says one of the victims identified the two adults in a lineup.

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