Spire truck stolen in Shrewsbury; thief arrested in Grand Center

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ST. LOUIS – A suspected car thief was arrested Monday afternoon in the Grand Center neighborhood.

The truck was stolen from the 4100 block of Shrewsbury Avenue in Shrewsbury, according to Spire officials.

Authorities located in the stolen vehicle in Troy, Illinois due to the fact the vehicle has an active GPS.  Eventually, the vehicle encountered Marine Illinois police officers who had heard a broadcast for the stolen Spire pickup.  They pursued the pickup on I-70 for some time trying to affect a traffic stop.  The driver refused to stop and the pursuit was terminated a short time later.

The driver eventually brought the truck westbound across the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge and into St. Louis City.

At times, the truck thief followed traffic laws, stopping for red lights and avoiding running through intersections.

Eventually, the suspected thief ditched the truck and took off on foot. He was finally apprehended in the 3300 block of Locust Street.

Chief of Police Christopher Singleton, of the Marine Police Department, says they plan to extradite the suspect at a later date and file felony charges for fleeing and eluding police.

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