Columbia, Ill. police searching for wanted fugitive

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COLUMBIA, IL (KTVI)-- A fugitive on the run from the law in Illinois could be hiding in Missouri.  He may never be called the “smartest criminal.”  Police say 36-year-old Jeremy L. Davis, along with two other men, tried to sell stolen construction equipment in Waterloo after telling potential buyers the items had been ripped off.  Columbia Illinois Police Chief Joe Edwards said, “Usually the folks that are committing crimes aren’t thinking straight anyway, but this is a little bit more than what normally occurs to them.”

The chief said after Davis told workers that the equipment he was selling was hot, one took a picture of him while another called police. There was no sale.  Police said Davis and his associates headed north where an officer in Columbia spotted and pursued them. A few minute later the suspects drove off I-255 and crashed through a fence. It was too muddy for the police car to follow. Later the stolen truck, trailer and construction equipment were found abandoned nearby stuck in the mud. Police identified Davis from the photo, they talked to him by phone that night and he said he’d turn himself in. He has not done that. His behavior and his reckless driving have authorities warning folks, if you see him call police, don’t try to apprehend him yourself.  Chief Edwards said, "Anyone who’s wanted on warrants and they know they’re wanted on warrants and they speak with law enforcement and advise they are going to turn themselves in and they don’t and they don’t for many day that leads us to believe that person is going to do anything they can to allude law enforcement.”

Davis is charged with two felony counts: aggravated possession of a stolen vehicle and driving on a revoked license for the third time. His bond is set at $50,000.

It’s believed the equipment was stolen from St. Louis County.

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