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City employee spots theft, calls police

A police chase ensued in Bonne Terre Tuesday afternoon when individuals were spotted stealing packages off porches.

Bonne Terre Police Chief Doug Calvert said the water department supervisor noticed two men and one woman in a red Dodge Intrepid were circling houses and going door to door. Calvert said he reported it to police because it looked suspicious.

“One of them went to take a package off somebody’s front porch and put it in their car,” said Calvert. “He stayed with them, followed them, got their license number and took off after them while they went out Old Bonne Terre Road.”

Calvert said they were finally able to catch up to them and turn on their lights and sirens. He said they contacted Desloge Police and they were set up at the bridge.

“They failed to yield and let the female out by Lead Belt Gun Club,” Calvert said. “I took off after her into the field, where she gave herself up. All of three of them are from De Soto. The two men ran from Desloge Police, but I’m not sure exactly where they chased them all, but they ended up at Walmart.”

Desloge Police Chief James Bullock said they were notified Bonne Terre was in pursuit.

“The two guys continued into Desloge where my guys got on them,” said Bullock. “They led the pursuit to Walmart, where one was apprehended in the parking lot and the other one ran into the store. My guy pursued on foot and it just so happened that one of my off-duty reserve officers was inside Walmart.”

Bullock said when he saw what was going on he snatched the guy and put him on the ground. They were then able to take him into custody.

“We will be filing traffic charges and possibly fleeing and resisting arrest,” Bullock said.

Calvert said the 41-year-old man and 39-year-old man were booked and went to jail for theft and several traffic charges. He added the 45-year-old woman had warrants out of Jefferson County. All three will be charged with stealing and resisting arrest by Bonne Terre.

He added the woman claimed to have medical issues so she was taken to the hospital and was later released.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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