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'Quick change artist' in police custody after months on the run

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John Brown is in police custody after allegedly stealing money from businesses in West County. John Brown is in police custody after allegedly stealing money from businesses in West County.
WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

A quick change artist accused of robbing at least four businesses in West County was arrested after several months on the run, according to Town and Country police.

Authorities said John Brown targeted stores like the Walmart in Chesterfield and confused cashiers to handover large sums of money. 

Back in March, police said he hit a Dierberg's in Creve Coeur and got away with over $1,000. Police said he also robbed a Phillips 66 gas station on April 13.

"I can't believe he's hit that many...I can't believe anybody has given him that much money," said Brian Montani, a Phillips 66 employee.

Someone reportedly told police the suspect's full name, after recognizing him in a surveillance photo that was shown on-air. Police said the anonymous tip lead to Brown's arrest.

"This gentleman still might not have been caught had we not gotten that phone call," said Captain Bob Arthur with Town and Country Police.

Brown was wanted in other municipalities, including Creve Coeur, Chesterfield, and Des Peres.

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