(KMOV) – Two men are accused of stealing more than $200,000 in jewelry from multiple businesses throughout the country, including one in south St. Louis.
According to police, officers on March 14 got a tip of possible criminal activity at the Hampton in St. Charles.
Police said one of the occupants of the room had a warrant out for his arrest, so surveillance was initiated on the room.
Authorities said they pulled over the occupants after they checked out of the hotel and left in a gray SUV.
During the stop, the driver gave a fake ID, but was later identified as Quinton Garrus.
Police said an officer saw Garrus sticking something down his pants. The officer grabbed the bag and found it contained numerous diamond rings that still had the retail tags on them.
Police got consent to search the vehicle and discovered a large amount of high-quality diamond merchandise and miscellaneous jewelry.
According to police, the stolen jewelry was later valued at more than $200,000.
Police said Garrus matched the description of a suspect captured on surveillance video of a burglary at Samuels Jewelry in south St. Louis County.
Authorities said both Ballard and Garrus are targets of a federal investigation involving jewelry thefts in multiple states.
Information on their charges were not immediately available.