ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) – Two men in St. Charles are accused of stealing a medical van containing 2,000 mice Wednesday morning to support their heroin addiction.
Warrants have been issued against Dustin Maas, 30, and Matthew Haney, 23, for allegedly stealing a Freightliner truck from the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn in the 2000 block of Zumbehl Road around 3:20 a.m.
Police said the driver of the vehicle was told by hotel employees that a witness saw Haas and Haney smash the window of the truck. The two suspects then drove away and headed toward I-70, according to police.
Authorities said the driver left the truck running because a refrigerator was needed to transport the mice, which are valued at $10,000.
The driver’s company tracked the vehicle by GPS and alerted authorities, who found and took the suspects into custody around 3:40 a.m.
The mice were recovered unharmed, according to police.