On Wednesday August 24th, the Brentwood Police Department will hold a meeting to discuss two upcoming community policing initiatives.
The first is Neighborhood Watch. It has been many years since Brentwood used Neighborhood Watch. This is a crime prevention program that involves citizens working with each other and with law enforcement to reduce crime and victimization in their community. At this meeting, we will describe the program and see if there is interest in starting Neighborhood Watch in Brentwood.
The second is National Night Out. Last year we hosted block parties throughout the community. This was very popular and we are going to return to that format. If you are interested in hosting a block party or you would like to learn more about National Night Out, please come to this meeting. National Night Out is Tuesday October 4th.
Neighborhood Watch 7:00pm – 7:30pm
National Night Out 7:30pm-8:00pm
This meeting will be at Brentwood City Hall.
Accident this morning on Eager Road at I-170. Driver lost control on southbound I-170, crossed Eager Road, and crashed into the landscape wall on the north end of the Promenade property, near Target.
The driver was transported to the hospital. The cause of the accident and the condition of the driver are not known at this time.
On June 17th, a Brentwood man was the victim of an armed robbery on Sonora Avenue. His car and personal items were stolen. On June 20th, his car was recovered in E. St. Louis, Illinois.
Evidence discovered in the car and further investigation by Brentwood Detectives Tim Bone and Rick Litschgi and Administrative Assistant Jason Oesterreicher led to the discovery of a suspect. On June 30th, a similar crime occurred on Pocahontas Avenue in Rock Hill. Investigators from both cities were able to determine that our suspect committed both crimes.
The St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued at-large warrants against the suspect, Montel Harkins, 17 years old, of E. St. Louis, for Robbery 1st and Armed Criminal Action. Harkins was later arrested in E. St. Louis, and this week, our detectives interviewed him in regard to the crime on Sonora Avenue. Harkins admitted his involvement in the robbery. He is currently held at the St. Louis County Justice Center. He is a suspect in other crimes involving several neighboring towns.
The City of Brentwood is seeking a part-time school crossing guard at Brentwood Blvd. and White Avenue. The position pays $10/hr. Working hours are before school only, Monday-Friday, when Brentwood schools are in session. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. For more information, contact Maj. Jim McIntyre (963-8639). The City of Brentwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Last evening, the Ward 1 meeting was held at City Hall. Citizens were eager to discuss the recent incidents in their neighborhood; the armed robbery on Sonora Avenue and the residential burglary on Pine Avenue. I felt it was important for the residents to know the facts of both incidents and to be aware of what the Police Department is doing in response, as well as, what the citizens can do to help themselves.
We have increased our concentration of neighborhood patrols. We have established an Overtime Detail, where officers will target areas for increased police presence. Our officers are aware of the importance of protecting the community, and they will continue to give their best effort.
As a citizen, you can help by locking your car and not leaving valuables inside the car. Lighting your property is helpful. Many neighbors talked about purchasing various lighting systems for their homes. Know your neighbors. When you leave town, let the neighbors know you will be gone and for how long. Give them your contact information. If they see someone on your property, encourage them to call the police.
Use this opportunity to educate your kids about what to do if they are confronted by someone they do not know or if they see someone on your property when you are not in the house.
Be observant. Be a good witness. Please call us when you see or hear suspicious activity. We are amazed when people tell us they don’t call because they don’t want to bother us. Call us. We want to be bothered. We will check it out. It’s what we do.
This afternoon, at about 4:45 pm, we received a call for a burglary in progress at a home in the 9400 block of Pine Avenue. The homeowner pulled into his driveway as the burglar was leaving his home. The burglars vehicle was in the driveway also. The suspect left the scene. No one was injured. Witnesses gave a detailed description of the suspect and his car.
A short time later, after our department had put out a description provided by witnesses, the vehicle was observed in north St Louis County. The suspect was arrested and is now in custody at the Brentwood Police Department. Items taken from the home were found inside the suspects vehicle. Charges will be filed with the St Louis County Prosecuting Attorneys office.
UPDATE: Sunday afternoon the St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office charged Farland Gillehan, 52 years old, of St Louis County with Burglary 2nd and Stealing over $500 in connection with yesterdays burglary on Pine Avenue. He is being held at St Louis County jail on $25,000 bond.