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8 people federally charged in Frontenac robbery case

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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
FRONTENAC (KMOV.com) -

More than half-a-dozen people have been indicted on federal charges stemming from the robbery of the Plaza Frontenac last month. 

A federal grand jury has indicted eight people on one felony count of interstate transportation of stolen property. The eight who were charged are Dejuan Wingard, Mario Washington, Jacob lee, Derrick Crowder, Darisu Bowdry, Terrence Bell, Julian Campbell, and Keysjyala Thomas. 

Court records say the eight defenders, along with others, entered the Saks Fifth Avenue department store in the Plaza Frontenac on the morning of Nov. 26. The group ran to the Chanel counter, and allegedly grabbed 30 handbags, retailed over $5,000, all while allegedly smashing lighting fixtures in the process. 

The group fled the scene and got into two vehicles waiting outside the department store. Both vehicles traveled east on Interstate 64 (I-64). Police pursued the vehicles, but later disengaged due to safety. Police said the suspect vehicles were traveling in excess of 100 mph. 

The Illinois State Police, along with other departments, were able to track the suspect vehicles and stop them later that morning. 

Authorities said 16 designer handbags were sound inside the suspect vehicles. The suspects were taken into custody. 

The robbery is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Frontenac Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, and the St. Louis County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. 

Darius Bowdry, 21, and Keyshyala Thomas, 22, both of Chicago, IL, pled guilty to one felony count for transporting stolen property.

Co-defendants Dejuan Wingard, 21; Mario Washington, 24; Jacob Lee, 27; Derrick Crowder, 24; Terrence Bell, 25; and Julian Campbell, 22 all of Chicago, Illinois were each indicted by a federal grand jury last December on the same charge and are facing trial.

The United States Attorney's Office's Eastern District of Missouri said the maximum penalty for interstate transportation of stolen property is 10 years in prison, and/or a fine up to $250,000. 

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