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.
On Tuesday May 31st, the Radio Shack at 2518 Brentwood Blvd. was burglarized at approximately 11:30pm. The suspect used a large rock to break the window and enter the store. Electronic items were taken. The alarm company notified police, and when they responded, the suspect had left the area.
This morning, at 6:10am, a similar burglary occurred at the AT&T Store at 1811 Brentwood Blvd.. Once again, electronic items were taken. Our department was notified of an alarm at the business. While enroute to the store, a Brentwood officer observed a suspicious person in the Hanley Industrial Court area. After investigating, it was discovered the person was the burglar from the AT&T and Radio Shack stores. He is a suspect in other burglaries in the St Louis area as well.
This afternoon, the St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office charged the suspect, Joseph L. Binford, 35 years old, of E. St Louis, IL, with Burglary 2nd and Stealing.