ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A 23-year-old man faces misdemeanor theft charges and his two other cohort are be questioned after they were seen stealing packages from porches in St. Louis city and county over a four day period this week.
Police say Christopher Browning is charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft and one count of felony resisting.
St. Louis police Capt. Daniel Howard says unlike those thieves who steal packages by following delivery trucks, this trio used a different method.
“They just borrowed 77 year old grandma’s car after dropping her off at her full-time job. Then they would simply drive up and down streets looking for packages sitting on front porches,” explained Capt. Howard.
The two men and one woman, described as being in their 20′s, began what police call a crime spree Monday December 17th and are believed to have stolen packages throughout South St. Louis, the Central West End and South St. Louis County.
Captain Howard says it all came to an end when an alert officer in an unmarked car spotted one of the suspects Thursday as he grabbed a package from a porch and got back in the grandmother’s car. The officer followed them but at some time, a brief chase began involving several squad cars. The chase ended with the suspects allegedly ramming an officer’s car, injuring three officers and totaling the grandmother’s car.
Howard says packages from 15 different addresses were found in the car when the suspects were taken into custody. A search revealed many other packages but Captain Howard says the shipping information including whom the packages were from, was removed.
“We have no way of knowing who some of the stolen items belong to,” Howard said. “Our desk personnel will have a list of objects that we have here. Hopefully we start matching up the owners and maybe they’ll get them in time for Christmas.”
Police are asking people if they expected a delivery on December 20th to call (314) 444-0100
The grandmother is said to be upset by the crime and the loss of her car.