One in custody at Lambert Airport after bi-state pursuit of a stolen work van

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ST. LOUIS – One person is in custody at Lambert International Airport following the police pursuit of a work van that started in East St. Louis, Illinois.

The van is a Sigman Heating and Air Conditioning van. They are located at 6200 Old St. Louis Road in Belleville, Illinois.

Mike Rizzo from Sigman Heating and Air Conditioning said the van was stolen at approximately 5:05 a.m. from their business. It was hot-wired and then ran through the chain-link gate.

“I was actually a few miles from work when I heard on a morning show that they were watching it on FOX 2,” said Rizzo. “I was like, ‘Oh man.’ So, I knew it was going to be a busy, fun morning at work.”

The thieves drove to Home Depot where they were for about four minutes. It is unknown what they did there. Rizzo said these details were available to him thanks to security cameras.

“We also have GPS tracking on the vehicles,” said Rizzo. “It was at the Home Depot. That’s when a cop spotted it, and the chase began.”

The chase started at approximately 6:40 a.m. Friday. The van drove into an east terminal parking garage at Lambert Airport at approximately 7:20 a.m.

Police followed the van throughout the entire pursuit. FOX 2’s Bommarito Automotive Group SkyFOX flew over the scene.

“We had a few calls that drivers were out there cutting people off, driving crazy,” said Rizzo. “Just wanted to let everyone know it was stolen, not our technicians.”

Rizzo said he’s thankful no one was injured.

Police said the suspect has not yet been charged. Their investigation is ongoing.

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