Area Crime Reports – Published January 12, 2018
January 12, 2018
• A report of a shot fired on Bopp Road Jan. 3 later turned out to be an assault, police said. On first response that morning, police were not able to locate any evidence. Later, they were informed that St. Louis County Police had arrested a man in Fenton who said he had been shot at in Des Peres. Police interviewed the victim, who said he went to a residence on Bopp to retrieve property that had been taken earlier during a disturbance in Valley Park. While at the residence, an argument ensued and the victim was shot at while in his vehicle. The victim was not injured. Shots apparently also were fired in Valley Park earlier that evening. St. Louis County Police arrested the suspect on an outstanding felony charge.
• During the week of Dec. 29-Jan. 4 at West County Center, three suspects were taken into custody for stealing and nine suspects were observed stealing merchandise. A man was hit in the face by another man on a stairway and, after the victim exchanged words, the suspect left. A man brought an iPhone watch to the Apple store for activation, and it was determined to have been stolen from a display at another store. The man claimed he purchased the watch from an individual named "Alex."
• Police were flagged in a Jan. 2 Facebook post by a resident who had been checking out that day at the local Aldi store. A woman at the front of the line didn't have enough money to pay for her total. She took about four things off the bill. A Des Peres police officer behind her was buying what appeared to be his lunch, a Caesar salad kit. After the woman and a subsequent customer checked out, the officer paid his bill and added the four items taken off by the woman. He then ran outside to get them to her. "I got a little weepy I must confess," noted the poster.
• Due to the extreme cold weather and aging infrastructure, water mains throughout the city began breaking Jan. 1, causing traffic issues due to icing of the streets and other problems. At one point, there were as many as 10 breaks in Glendale, with two separate breaks on North Berry Road, which forced its closure for more than 36 hours until Missouri American Water Company crews were able to make the necessary repairs. As of Jan. 7, seven minor breaks remained.
• A 2017 Audi Q7 reported stolen from a driveway on Flynn Forest Lane Dec. 16 was recovered abandoned Jan. 3 in north St. Louis County. Police continue to investigate. The doors were apparently left unlocked with the keys inside the vehicle.
• At 3:17 a.m. on Jan. 6, a taxi driver contacted police when a fare was unable to pay for his cab ride. The fare was dropped off at a residence in the 100 block of Northarm Drive. Police contacted the fare who immediately paid the taxi driver without incident.
• A resident in the 400 block of Attucks Street reported Jan. 1 a bullet had entered the house through a bedroom window. The victim reported hearing several gunshots and heard the glass break in the bedroom. The gun shots and bullet are believed to be the results of a New Year's Eve celebration.
• Officers responded to the area of South Kirkwood Road and westbound I-44 Jan. 1 for a single-vehicle accident. The vehicle had left the roadway and crashed through a chain link fence. The driver was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and was released with a municipal court date.
• Police are investigating the Jan. 4 theft of several cartons of cigarettes from a convenience store in the 10100 block of Manchester Road.
• A resident in the 1800 block of Cheswick Place returned home Jan. 5 to discover an unknown subject in the attached garage. The suspect exited the garage and ran from the residence immediately. No items were reported stolen or damaged, and the suspect was not located.
• A counterfeit $50 bill was used to pay a tab Jan. 6 at a restaurant in the 1000 block of South Kirkwood Road. The customer remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
• During the week of Jan. 1-7, four cases of shoplifting were reported and investigated from businesses in the 1000-1200 blocks of South Kirkwood Road.
• During the week of Jan. 1-7, along with calls for service and traffic enforcement, the Kirkwood Police Department responded to 23 residential/business alarms, 27 motor vehicle accidents and assisted the fire/EMS department on 84 calls.
• Police are investigating a burglary of a local tire store in the 9300 block of Manchester Road Dec. 28. Apparently entry was gained through a rear window. It is not known if anything was taken. There is video of the incident.
• A dine and dash was reported Dec. 28 at a restaurant in the 9700 block of Manchester Road. A young couple had dinner then left without paying.
• Police arrested a suspect for a traffic violation Jan. 1 in the 9200 block of Manchester Road. Investigation revealed this will be the man's fifth DWI if he is convicted.
• A woman caused a disturbance Jan. 3 at a business in the 9600 block of Manchester. She was told to leave or be charged with trespassing.
• Police arrested a 46-year-old man for shoplifting Jan. 1 at a store in the 7400 block of Watson Road.
• Following a traffic stop Jan. 1 in the area of Watson and Mackenzie roads, police issued a summons to the 31-year-old male driver for possession of marijuana.
• Police arrested a 38-year-old man Jan. 2 for shoplifting from a store in the 7400 block of Watson Road.
• An unknown male stole a wallet Jan. 4 from an office in the 7300 block of Watson Road.
• Police arrested a 51-year-old man Jan. 5 for shoplifting from a store in the 7400 block of Watson Road.
• Money was reported stolen Jan. 7 in the break-in of a business in the 7200 block of Watson Road.
• At 9:37 a.m. on Jan. 3, a burglary was reported in the 8300 block of Big Bend Boulevard. A witness saw a white male subject wearing a stocking cap and blue hooded sweatshirt walk around the residence and carry a TV to his gray Ford pickup. The subject left the area traveling east on Big Bend. Investigation revealed that a window in the east facing rear door had been broken to gain entry. No other items were discovered missing.
• At 10:24 a.m. on Jan. 3, a burglary was reported in the 400 block of Catalina Avenue. Entry was gained by cutting the screen in the door to the porch and prying open the north facing rear door. Jewelry and loose change were stolen.Police believe the same suspect in the Big Bend burglary (see above) also committed this offense.
• At 1:25 p.m. on Jan. 3, a wallet was reported stolen from Webster University's University Center in the 100 block of Edgar Road. The victim had placed his wallet on the bleachers in the gym at about 10:30 a.m. and upon returning at about 1 p.m. discovered the wallet missing.
• At 8:39 p.m. on Jan. 3, a vehicle was reported stolen in the 200 block of West Lockwood Avenue. A white Mercury Marquis was unlocked and running to warm up while the owners were in a store. A tall white male wearing a multi-color stocking cap left the store shortly before the victim and may have been the person who took the vehicle.
• At 8:52 p.m. on Jan. 3, a burglary was reported in the 400 block of West Swon Avenue. The resident returned home at 8:35 p.m. to discover that the south facing rear door had been pried open. Jewelry items were missing from a second-floor bedroom. Circumstances indicate that someone familiar with the residence was responsible for the theft.
• On Jan. 9 at about 2 a.m. someone making a delivery to Dewey's Pizza was approached by a black male, slim or thin build, 5'9" - 5' 10", believed to be in his 20s wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and blue pants. He displayed a small, unknown type pistol and demanded the driver's wallet. The driver refused. The suspect fled on foot east on East Lockwood Avenue. There were no reported injuries.
• During the week of Jan. 1-7, police responded to 472 calls for service, 15 auto accidents, 12 alarms and 62 assists to the fire department.