Tynesha Cain, 27, of St. Louis, was identified as one of two people at the Brentwood Ulta Beauty store at The Brentwood Promenade, on June 23, concealing merchandise in their bags. According to court and police records, when Cain left the store, she grabbed the clerk’s arm and pushed it out of the way to leave through the door. She and another took the merchandise and fled in a car. She was charged with receiving stolen property, valued at at least $500.
Car were targeted in Brentwood Saturday night, the same night that approximately 20 car windows in Maplewood were apparently shot with a pellet gun. Twenty-one cars were hit on Louis, Ruth, Helen and Florence avenues in Brentwood between 1 and 3 a.m. on Sunday according to Brentwood Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald. Approximately 20 car windows broken: police
He said some had windows shattered, some had holes in the windows — shot with a pellet gun. Nothing was taken from any of the cars. The department has no leads.
James Peterson-Bey, 50, of St. Louis, was charged with stealing a jacket and six bottles of Dove Shampoo on August 20 at the Brentwood Target store. According to police and court rerecords, he put the items in a backpack and walked out of the store without making any attempt to pay. He was apprehended outside the store and the items were recovered. It was his third stealing offense in 10 years.
Brentwood officials in a meeting Monday night approved a resolution to commit the city to working out details of a joint fire command with Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill. The five cities would each have their own fire departments and fire stations, but would share a joint fire command staff structure. “The feasibility study by a national expert simply said ‘it sure looks like that conversation is really worth having,’” City Administrator Bola Akande said in an email. Mayor Chris Thornton said in the meeting that one advantage would the possibility of having someone dedicated to inspecting places like the Brentwood Recreation Complex, which has ammonia tanks for cooling. He also said any reduction of service to Brentwood residents is a non-starter.
Attempted thefts at Target and Walmart in April and July were reported, according to police and court records. The defendants were charged.
Marlon Anthony Bush, 20, of Florissant, was charged stealing three digital thermostats and a backpack at the Maplewood Walmart on July 20. According to records, Bush put the thermostats in the backpack, walked to the lawn and garden department and tossed them all over the fence. After leaving the store he walked around and picked it all up. Maplewood police responded to the area and arrested Bush, who still had the items with him. Lironz Kristopher Carroll, 36, and Nathaniel McDaniel, 50, both of St.
Police and court records reported thefts in Brentwood in May and June. Taylor Marie Borick, 23, of St. Louis was charged with stealing $1,440 worth of merchandise from the Ulta Beauty store in Brentwood on June 16. According to police and court records, Borick put the items in a mesh shopping bag and quickly left the store, not paying for the items. Borick dropped her mobile phone as she left. She was identified via video surveillance of the theft.
Police and court records reported these charges in Maplewood: a man stealing a wallet containing credit cards at Applebee’s and a Walmart employee stealing from her cash register. Matthew Misselhorn, 37, of Arnold, MO, was charged with stealing, at the Maplewood Applebee’s on July 8. The victim, an employee of Applebee’s, said that her wallet, containing at least two credit cards, was stolen from her purse as she prepared to leave the restaurant at the end of her shift. She had placed her purse on a table near the bar before leaving. Video from the restaurant showed her wallet being removed from her purse by a man; he could be seen hiding the walled in his waistband and briefly sitting down at the bar before leaving.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in an editorial, calls it “encouraging” that Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill are talking about ways to consolidate their firefighting efforts, but says it’s unfortunate the talks are about unifying the command structures and not overall fire departments. According to the Post-Dispatch, the five fire departments serve a population of 45,031, and the five fire stations are mostly within two miles of each other. Also that the departments are top heavy with chiefs and assistants. Joint fire command to include Brentwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights
One chief proposed for 5-city joint fire command: Post-Dispatch
The plan calls for consolidating the command functions into one management team with one chief, three deputies, three battalion commanders and two inspectors.
Clayton, Rock Hill and Richmond Heights have approved a resolution to work with Brentwood and Maplewood (not yet approved the resolution) to study a joint fire command for the five cities. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A study by Emergency Services Consulting International concluded “a consolidated administrative and support branch to oversee operation of the five fire departments would lead to improved efficiency and elimination of redundant effort,” improved firefighter safety and possibly cost-savings. Richmond Heights approves joint fire command study; Brentwood and Maplewood: not yet
The Post-Dispatch went into more detail about the proposal recently:
One chief would direct operations for the five participating cities. There would be three deputy chiefs, three battalion commanders and two inspectors.
Chauncey Watkins, 36, of St. Louis, was charged with stealing six bottles of alcohol from the Target store according to court and police records. It was his third stealing offense since 2007. At the Target store in Brentwood on July 13 at 10:44 p.m. Watkins selected six bottles of alcohol and hid them inside a bag. He walked out of the store without making any attempt to pay.
A Brentwood police SUV malfunctioned Thursday afternoon and crashed through the fence into an unoccupied play area at the Brentwood School District ECC, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. No one was hurt. The police vehicle went through the fence before stopping, damaging one of the play sets. Brentwood Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald said the officer told him the SUV malfunctioned.
A plan is in the works to develop a joint fire command for Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported. Rock Hill officials at their meeting on Tuesday passed a resolution authorizing their city administrator and fire chief to work with officials and fire chiefs from Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood and Richmond Heights to set up a joint fire command staff structure. All cities will still have their own fire departments and fire stations, according to the Post-Dispatch. According to the Post-Dispatch: A study by Emergency Services Consulting International concluded “a consolidated administrative and support branch to oversee operation of the five fire departments would lead to improved efficiency and elimination of redundant effort,” improved firefighter safety and possibly cost-savings.
The Brentwood Police department has reported on Facebook that a suspect has been arrested and charged in the armed robbery that took place on Sonora Avenue on June 17. The victim’s car and personal items were stolen. The car was recovered in East St. Louis, Illinois on June 20. Brentwood detectives Tim Bone and Rick Litschgi and Administrative Assistant Jason Oesterreicher — with evidence they discovered in the car and further investigation — led to the discovery of the suspect, Montel Harkins, 17, of East St.
Brentwood has seen a spike in crime in the past few weeks, and Brentwood Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald has gone to YouTube with a message for the city that the department is on the streets. He also has this advice for residents:
Lock your doors
Close your garage
Use your lights
Call 314-644-7100 if you see anything suspicious
Brentwood Mayor Chris Thornton sent an open memo regarding public safety to the Pulse, to be published on Monday. He also sent it to 40 South News, printed below:
I am writing to discuss recent criminal incidents in Brentwood and the City’s response. Let me start by stating that, in my opinion, the most important functions of government are providing those services that individuals cannot easily obtain on their own from other sources. Thus, public safety, roads, sidewalks, parks and other such services ware the most important functions of local government. It is no accident that I listed public safety first.
Brian Daniel Jefferson, 36, of St. Louis, was charged with stealing 10 bottles of tequila from the Brentwood Schnucks on January 19, according to Brentwood Police and court records. Jefferson was arrested by Kirkwood Police in possession of ten bottles of tequila that had been stolen from the Schnucks store in Brentwood the previous day. He was identified via surveillance video of the theft. He had been released from the scene of his arrest by Kirkwood, but was arrested several months later by Brentwood Police.
Brentwood Ward 1 residents in a meeting on Tuesday told Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald they want to know what is being done to stop crime in the area, according to KMOV. They said they want police to beef up patrols. “We are trying to do stuff like this [hold a meeting] and communicate with the neighborhood and help them be a little more safe, maybe some more lighting,” Fitzgerald said. “Lock your cars, bring your valuables inside would be helpful. We have increased our patrols quite a bit in the neighborhoods.”
A man was carjacked on Sonora Avenue on June 17 (see KSDK).
Kiara Taylor, 26, of Florissant, was charged with stealing at least three North Face jackets and three sweatshirts from the Sports Authority in Brentwood, according to police and court records. Taylor and an accomplice put the clothing into a shopping cart and pushed it out of the store without trying to pay. They put the items into a waiting car and drove away. The merchandise was valued to be at least $634. Taylor was identified via surveillance video and was arrested several days later.
Brentwood Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald reported a home burglary that took place Saturday afternoon on his Brentwood police blog, The Chief’s Desk. At about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday police received a call for a burglary in progress at a home in the 9400 block of Pine Avenue, he reported. The homeowner pulled into his driveway as the burglar was leaving his home. The burglar’s vehicle was in the driveway also. The suspect left the scene.
According to police and court records, Teal Saunders, 30, of St. Louis, was charged with forgery, which occurred two years ago at First Bank inside Dierbergs in Brentwood. Saunders was an employee of First Bank. She generated a temporary check on a customer’s account without that customer’s permission, made it payable to a third person in the amount of $1,295, then took the cash from the drawer. Surveillance video from the bank shows that at the time of the purported transaction, there was no customer at the defendant’s teller position.