East St. Louis man says he took bus to west county to steal car – Police

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged an East St. Louis man for allegedly stealing a car from a west county municipality.

According to court documents, the incident took place between August 7 and August 11 in Town and Country.

The victim told police her 2001 Toyota Avalon was stolen on August 7. Police located the car three days later in East St. Louis and took the driver, Chris Spates, into custody.

Prosecutors said Spates confessed to stealing the car and said he took the Metro bus from East St. Louis to a Metro station at Ballas Road and Interstate 64. Spates said he walked around looking for an unlocked vehicle with the keys still inside.

When investigators asked Spates why he went through the trouble of taking the bus all the way to Town and Country, he told them, “Everybody knows rich people in west county leave their cars unlocked with the keys in them.”

Spates was charged with one count of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle.


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