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8 Chicagoans charged in Plaza Frontenac theft, pursuit into Illinois

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These 8 suspects allegedly stole merchandise from Plaza Frontenac and led officers on a chase into Illinois. Police are looking for 4 other suspects.  Credit: Illinois State Police These 8 suspects allegedly stole merchandise from Plaza Frontenac and led officers on a chase into Illinois. Police are looking for 4 other suspects. Credit: Illinois State Police

(KMOV.com) – Eight suspects are facing charges for a theft and a high-speed pursuit across the St. Louis and Metro East areas.

Terrence J. Bell, 25, Darius O. Bowdry, 21, Julian C. Campbell, 22, Derrick Crowder, 24, Jacob A. Lee, 27, Keyshyla S. Thomas, 22, Mario Washington, 24 and Dejaun D. Winguard, 21, all from Chicago, were all charged with theft by Illinois prosecutors. They are also facing charges in St. Louis County.

The incident began early Saturday morning at the Plaza Frontenac in St. Louis. Police say 12 people were involved in a theft, stealing handbags and other expensive items from Saks Fifth Avenue.

One of the vehicles was spotted on northbound Interstate 55 near Maryville, Ill. A Maryville police officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to pull over.

A pursuit began and continued on northbound I-55, even after the suspects’ vehicle hit road spikes around Mt. Olive, deflating one of the tires. The driver drove through Litchfield with the flat tire, then got back on I-55. 

Eventually, the suspects hit the center median just south of Farmersville and stopped. The eight occupants who were later charged fled on foot, but all were apprehended and are currently in the Montgomery County Jail in Hillsboro, Ill. Police are still searching for the remaining four suspects.

Police believe all of the suspects are part of a theft ring that has hit several high end stores in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. 

In total, police believe the theft ring is responsible for $1.9 million in both damages and theft.

Agencies involved in the case include the Illinois State Police, Hamel Police Department, Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Maryville Police Department, Litchfield Police Department, and Taylor Springs Police Department.

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