According to Captain James Cavins, an O’Fallon police spokesman, the Swansea police contacted his department just after 9:15 a.m. regarding three individuals in a silver Audi going around and attempting to break into vehicles. A Fairview Heights police officer later saw the Audi and obtained the license plate number, which revealed the car had been stolen from St. Louis City in an armed vehicular hijacking.
Approximately an hour later, O’Fallon police received calls regarding an SUV and hitched trailer having been stolen from the Schnuck’s parking lot in the 900 block of East Highway 50. One of the callers said a silver Audi with Missouri registration was involved in the car theft.
Cavins said O’Fallon police located the stolen SUV traveling southbound on Scott-Troy Road approaching Highway 50. Police attempted to give pursuit, but the suspects fled on Highway 50 toward Lebanon. O’Fallon police gave up the pursuit.
A Lebanon police officer found the SUV a short time later and started to give chase. The SUV pulled onto westbound I-64, but the trailer came off the hitch and crashed into the shoulder of the westbound entrance ramp.
The stolen SUV crashed into the Jack Schmitt Chevrolet security gate in the 100 block of Regency Park Drive. Two people in the SUV tried to run away from the accident scene, but were taken into custody a short time later. The suspects in the stolen SUV were identified as juveniles from East St. Louis, ages 11 and 15.
While this was going on, an O’Fallon police officer found the silver Audi in the 200 block of East Highway 50. The officer attempted to stop the Audi, but to no avail, Cavins said. The officer did not engage in a police pursuit for public safety reasons.
East St. Louis police eventually located the silver Audi and took four men into custody, Cavins said.
O’Fallon police are working with St. Louis City detectives in continuing the investigation.