Suspects use car accident ruse to steal vehicle in Kirkwood -

Suspects use car accident ruse to steal vehicle in Kirkwood

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
By Shawn Campbell By Shawn Campbell
By Shawn Campbell By Shawn Campbell

KIRKWOOD, Mo. ( - Kirkwood Police are investigating a ruse of a motor vehicle accident Monday to steal a vehicle at the 10900 block of Big Bend. 

A blue SUV, believed to be a late model Chevrolet Trailblazer, bumped the victim's car from behind as both vehicles were stopped in traffic westbound on Big Bend near Geyer. 

The victim pulled over and exited her gray 2013 Toyota Avalon and proceeded to check the damage on her vehicle. The suspects' vehicle, occupied by three men, also pulled over and one of the occupants exited the vehicle and began apologizing to the victim while inspecting both vehicles for damage, acting as a distraction, police said. 

While searching for damage on the victim's vehicle, the same suspect walked towards the driver's door, jumped into the vehicle and drove eastbound on Big Bend. 

The suspects' vehicle blocked traffic, allowing the stolen vehicle to turn around, before leaving the scene. 

The victim was not injured or threatened in the incident and no weapons were displayed by the suspects. 

The car is a gray 2013 Toyota Avalon, 4-door, with Missouri tags is KK3C9A.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of either vehicle or any of the three suspects involved in the theft is asked to contact the Kirkwood Police Department at 314-822-5858. 

Kirkwood police posted the following tips on their Facebook page of what people can do if they feel unsafe following a minor accident:

1) Immediately pull to the shoulder of the roadway.
2) Call 911 and report that you have been involved in a vehicle crash.
3) Provide the dispatcher with your location and notify him/her if you are injured.
4) Try to provide dispatch with a description of the other vehicle, color and make, along with description of occupants.
5) If the other driver approaches you, slightly roll your window down and tell them you have called police and that you prefer to wait until they arrive.

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