6/02 – This morning around 4:30 a.m. the Millstadt Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle and multiple suspicious subjects attempting to open vehicle doors on Benham Drive. In less than four minutes the responding officer located the vehicle, a white in color Infiniti with Florida plates, travelling west on Gladwyn Drive, between Benham and Deanewood. Immediately the vehicle drove in reverse through a citizen’s yard and fled. The Millstadt Officer began to pursue the vehicle as it went through town, then out State Route 163. Due to the suspect vehicle’s speed and distance in front of the officer, the officer terminated the pursuit at State Route 163 near Concordia Church Road. A short time later, a Cahokia Heights Officer deployed spike strips on State Route 157. The vehicle continued to flee and was not located.
Millstadt Officers began to investigate cases in which over 15 vehicles had been rummaged through. Not much of value was taken. All the vehicles appeared to have been left unlocked. Most of the incidents occurred in subdivisions including Alpine Trails, Wheat Ridge, Regency Place, Stone Bridge Estates and The Briars. Similar incidents occurred in unincorporated Millstadt, primarily east of town. It was discovered the vehicle the Millstadt Officer pursued had been stolen from a residence in Buffwood Estates.
We would like to thank the Smithton Police Department and Cahokia Heights Police Department for their assistance.
Please be sure to check your property at night, lock any vehicle doors and secure any keys.