The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged one of the suspects from the three jewelry store burglaries in St. Peters that occurred on April 18. The suspect in custody is identified as Wayne M. Collins, 21, of the 2000 block of Merollis Walk in St. Louis.
On April 18, at approximately 12:07 a.m., St. Peters Police received an alarm call at Harris Jewelers located at the 4100 block of Mexico Road. When the officers arrived, they noticed broken glass on an exterior window of the business and broken display cases. Shortly thereafter, the Diamond Shoppe, 7100 Mexico Road, and Smith Jewelry & Coin, 4200 block of Old Hwy. 94, also were burglarized in the same manner.
When the suspects attempted to burglarize a fourth location, 1300 block of Triad Center Drive, a patrol officer was in his marked vehicle on the parking lot. The officer attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, a gray Dodge Charger, but it fled the scene. The vehicle eventually crashed on Missouri Bottom Road near Interstate 270 and the suspects fled on foot. The Dodge Charger was left at the scene and it contained valuable information into the identity of the suspects involved. Stolen items from the burglary also were recovered from the vehicle.
On May 4, Florissant Police Department was conducting surveillance on the suspect’s residence in the St. Charles area when they spotted Collins and were able to immediately take him into custody.
The St. Peters Criminal Investigations Division worked with numerous agencies in the St. Charles and St. Louis County area in order to obtain and share information about multiple burglaries and the possible suspects involved. Without the cooperation of Florissant, Creve Coeur, O’Fallon, Des Peres, St. Charles City and St. Louis County police departments as well as the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Lab, this arrest would have been more difficult, St. Peters police officials said.
The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Collins with three counts of burglary and three counts of stealing. He is currently being held at St. Louis County Jail on a $75,000 bond. The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued burglary charges on Collins today as well for a burglary in Florissant jurisdiction.
St. Peters Police, as well as the other departments involved, are still looking for additional suspects in the jewelry store burglaries. If anyone has information on the identity of the other suspects, they are asked call the Crime Solvers Hotline at (636) 278-1000 or their local police department.