Alexander Anderson, 17, Callium Docherty, 17, and Kevin Jefferson, 18, acting together, were charged with doing $2,164 worth of damage to a 2015 Chevy Equinox in the 1100 block of Terrance Drive in Richmond Heights, on February 10. Docherty said the damage was done because Anderson and the victim’s daughter had been “fighting” and Anderson wanted to “get back at her,” according to records. The car was owned by the victim’s employer. According to the police record, three of the car’s tires were punctured, black paint was sprayed on the front bumper, headlights, hood, windshield, driver’s side windows and doors, rear hatchback and windshield, and rear license plate. Inside the car the driver’s side door panel and seat had been painted, and an oily chemical substance (WD-40) sprayed on the dashboard, steering wheel, center console and elsewhere.
Javon Winston, 24, of St. Louis, was charged with second degree burglary in a Richmond Heights home break-in, which took place in August 2014, after police found DNA evidence leading to his arrest, according to court and police records. Richmond Heights Police responded to a silent alarm at a home in the 7300 block of Glades Avenue. The victim reported that every room of his home had been rummaged through. There was evidence of forced entry.
Two Richmond Heights firefighters were promoted, and a police officer was hired recently. They were pinned at the council meeting on Tuesday. Joel Craig was promoted to fire captain. He started with the Richmond Heights Fire Department in 2004 and has worked as a medical officer and lead private, and was promoted to captain in October 2016. John Soltysiak was promoted to battalion chief.
According to court and police records, Andrew Jamal Frye, 26, of St. Louis, was charged with theft after the victim reported on Oct. 14 the keys to his car had been stolen from an unlocked locker at The Heights, and his iPhone and wallet containing credit cards had been stolen from his car. One of the credit cards was used at the Lids store at the Galleria. The man who made the purchase at Lids provided a name for a store rewards account.
Thieves broke into Macy’s at the Galleria, stealing thousands of dollars worth of wristwatches on Jan. 6 at about 1:45 a.m. Richmond Heights Police police told Fox News. Three suspects shattered the front door and display case with a landscaping stone. They left behind watches by Guess and Fossil but took more expensive watches. The Galleria Macy’s is the latest department store to be hit with smash-and-grabs, according to Fox.
Firefighters from Richmond Heights and other departments put out a house fire Friday morning. No one was home, and the house was gutted. Richmond Heights Fire Department posted photos of the fire on its Facebook page.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson (@PDPJ) tweeted Friday morning that a house fire in the 7400 block of Warner Avenue was out. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported at around 9 a.m. that no one was injured and that the fire destroyed the home. Also that the homeowners were away at the time of the fire.
The Sprint store at the Richmond Center in Richmond Heights was broken into and robbed early Tuesday morning, according to KMOV. Suspects crashed a stolen Jeep Liberty through the front of the store and stole several items before getting away. The stolen vehicle was left behind, and was towed away. This is the third break-in at a cell phone store in the St. Louis area in the last week, according to KMOV.
The city of Richmond Heights reported in its weekly email newsletter on Monday that Richmond Heights Chief of Police Roy Wright is retiring, after 43 years of service with the city. Wright’s last day will be Friday, December 16. He served the city as a 911 dispatcher in 1973 until he went to the police academy the following year. Fourteen years later he was promoted to sergeant, then captain, and then major in 2007. Wright has been serving as chief since 2012, when Rick Vilcek retired from the post.
Maplewood resident Robert Chandler sent photos of an accident that took place Wednesday afternoon in the 2000 block of Big Bend Boulevard. Chandler said a car struck a pole and knocked it down. The city of Richmond Heights has not responded to say if there were any injuries or charges.
The Richmond Heights and Maplewood fire department posted on Facebook about recognition they received on Sunday for freeing a trapped victim in a house fire in March. The Richmond Heights Facebook post: Congratulations to Battalion Chief Brian Wideman, Captain John Soltysiak, Private Danny Miner and Medical Officer Leo Davis of the Richmond Heights Fire Department on their Unit Citation award for their assistance to the Maplewood Fire Department with a trapped victim in a house fire back in March. The Maplewood Facebook post: This afternoon Maplewood Fire Department members Capt. (Peter) Marsac, Lt. (Paul) Szydlowski, Pvts. (Terrence) Jackson and (Eric) Kuntz were presented the medal of Valor from the Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Merrell, Capt. Marsac, Lt. Szydlowski, Pvts. Neff, Kuntz and Jackson were also presented a unit citation award this afternoon also.