BRENTWOOD, Mo. (KMOV) – A wildlife camera installed to take photos of animals scavenging through trash captured pictures of suspects hiding from police after a Brentwood robbery.
Police said Justin Rush, Ronald Forture and Trevon Adams were arrested about 8 a.m. Sunday after they and a fourth suspect broke into a home in the 9400 block of Parkside Drive.
All three men were charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of armed criminal action and first-degree burglary.
Brentwood police said officers responded to the scene Sunday after a witness, KTRS-AM morning radio host McGraw Milhaven, saw the four men leave their car with the engine running and begin acting suspicious.
“We watched them walk down the street and they passed the house and then they went one more house and then they went up a walkway to the house,” said Milhaven.
Police said they knocked on the door and when one of the victims answered, they rushed in at gunpoint, stealing money, a cell phone and a laptop.
According to police, the four suspects met two of the victims on Saturday at the Lumiere Place casino in downtown St. Louis.
Police believe the suspects followed the two men home after victims had won several hundred dollars at one of the casino’s craps tables.
Police said the suspects left the house after the robbery.
Milhaven says he called 911. That’s when he says two of the suspects took off running. The other two were crouching down behind some bushes.
“It’s so bizarre to watch a crime in progress and there’s no other way to describe it,” said Milhaven. “It was like a movie.”
A camouflaged wildlife camera installed to take photos of animals captured pictures of the suspects hiding from police. The man who installed the cameras, 30-year-old Jacob Schuh, said he saw the robbery suspects when he looked at his photos Sunday.
“They were right here by the gate. They’re just kneeling down almost looking like they’re hiding from something," said Schuh. "Being that close, we were not expecting to capture anything like that."
Two of the suspects were seen on camera being arrested. All three of the suspects were arrested near the house.
Police were looking for a gun they believe one of the suspects dropped while fleeing the scene.
Charges were expected to be filed Monday against the three suspects in custody.
Police said they continue to look for the he fourth suspect, identified as Ocie Lee Bates.