This morning, at approximately 1:30am, our officers were called to a residence in the 9400 block of White Avenue for a report of someone inside the caller’s vehicle.
When police arrived, they observed one suspect running from the scene. He was arrested. Another suspect was inside the caller’s vehicle, attempting to steal the car. Our officers ordered the suspect to get out of the car. The suspect backed out of the driveway, on to White Avenue, where a parked vehicle was struck. The suspect then drove back into the victim’s driveway, exited the vehicle, and fled the scene. The suspect was not found.
We believe the suspects were entering unlocked vehicles in the area. We have reports of unlocked vehicles entered on Parkside Avenue and Litzsinger Road.
If you have any information that would aid our investigation, including security video, please call the Brentwood Police at 644-7100.
Several Brentwood residents have reported receiving a call from a “James Caston” of the U.S. Treasury. The call states this is an “enforcement action”. This action may be for tax related offenses and may threaten arrest. A phone number is given for more information. This is a scam.
If you receive this call or a similar e-mail., do not respond. The best thing to do is to simply hang up. Do not engage or threaten the caller. Never give personal information to someone you do not know over the phone, regardless of who they say they are.
For more information, go to: https://www.treasury.gov/services/report-fwa/Pages/Report-Email-Scams.aspx
On November 20, 2014, at around 7:05pm, a woman walked to her car after work, got in, and began to check her phone for messages. She was parked in the 1600 block of Brentwood Blvd. A man tapped on her window, displayed a handgun, and ordered her out of the car. He told her to leave her purse and phone in the car. He then took the car. Brentwood police arrived minutes later. Officer Bappert and Sgt. Manestar took information from the victim. Video was obtained from a nearby location which indicated a second car was involved in the robbery.
The next day, our Administrative Assistant Jason Oesterreicher did some investigating and discovered the car in the video had been reported stolen in St Louis city on Nov 20th. It was later discovered that credit cards taken from the victim were used to buy gas at two St Louis area service stations. Video was obtained from those locations. Det. Bone and Det. Litschgi, of our department, were in contact with Det. Riordan of the St Louis City PD. It was determined that the suspect in our video had committed similar crimes in St Louis City. Det. Riordan was able to identify the man in the video.
On January 12, 2015, Det. Bone and Det. Litschgi were notified that St Louis City PD had arrested the suspect, Thomas Earl Jackson Jr. 18 years old. Our detectives interviewed Jackson and he confessed to committing the crimes in Brentwood on Nov. 20th. The St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office charged Jackson with Robbery 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action. Jackson was also charged in St Louis City with several similar crimes.
We appreciate the cooperation and hard work of all those involved in solving this crime.
This morning, we had two cars stolen between 6:20am-6:35am. One in the 1900 block of St. Clair Ave. and one in the 8800 block of Pine Ave. Both cars were unlocked and warming.
In the last several months, we have taken seven stolen car reports in Brentwood for cars warming up in the morning, either in the street or in the driveway. This crime is common each winter season, but usually not to this degree. It is common, not only in the St Louis area, but nationwide.
If you feel the need to warm your car, you need to lock the car when you go back into to house. Of course, this means you will need an extra key to your car. If your neighbor warms their car in the morning, be sure to let them know what’s going on. Brentwood police will be patrolling the neighborhoods, as usual, but you can help us by reporting suspicious activity. (314-644-7100)
Several reports in the St Louis area lately of the old “Bump and Rob” crime. Someone bumps into the rear of your car, and when you get out to investigate, a passenger in the car that struck yours jumps into your car and drives away.
Some tips if this happens to you:
- Look around before you get out.
- Make sure there are others around.
- Check out the car that hit your car. Are there several occupants?
- If the situation doesn’t seem right, stay in your car, call 911, and move somewhere safe. A well-lit, busy parking lot is best.