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Police find second suspect in Pevely carjacking through surveillance video

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The Pevely Police Department is investigating a carjacking that took place in the parking lot of the Taco Bell in the 1600 block of Highway Z. (Credit: Pevely PD) The Pevely Police Department is investigating a carjacking that took place in the parking lot of the Taco Bell in the 1600 block of Highway Z. (Credit: Pevely PD)
The Pevely Police Department is investigating a carjacking that took place in the parking lot of the Taco Bell in the 1600 block of Highway Z. (Credit: Pevely PD) The Pevely Police Department is investigating a carjacking that took place in the parking lot of the Taco Bell in the 1600 block of Highway Z. (Credit: Pevely PD)
The Pevely Police Department is investigating a carjacking that took place in the parking lot of the Taco Bell in the 1600 block of Highway Z. (Credit: Pevely PD) The Pevely Police Department is investigating a carjacking that took place in the parking lot of the Taco Bell in the 1600 block of Highway Z. (Credit: Pevely PD)
PEVELY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Pevely Police Department is investigating a carjacking that took place in the parking lot of the Taco Bell in the 1600 block of Highway Z Tuesday morning around 2:20 a.m.  

After reviewing surveillance footage, investigators now believe there may be two suspects. 

News 4 spoke with the victim who gave her first name as Becky but asked us not to identify her last name because of her safety concerns. She said she was driving through the night from her home in St. Francois County to a conference in Kansas and pulled off in Pevely to get something to eat. She said she got her food at the drive-through window and pulled into a well-lit area of the parking lot to eat.

"The next thing I know is this man opened my passenger car door, kind of leaned in and shoved a gun in my face," said Becky.

Pevely police chief Tony Moutray told News 4, "She did what we typically, what we recommend, just give them the property, don't struggle. And then she made contact with the employees in Taco Bell and they notified us."

Moutray said the stolen vehicle was a 2017 black Toyota Camry and that was a rental car. The suspect was described as a large white male with dark hair and a beard.

According to police the victim's cellphone was pinged and showed to be in Festus and then later in East St. Louis. Also, a debit card was used at a McDonalds in East St. Louis but the purchase was denied.

After reviewing surveillance footage from that McDonald's, police determined the male suspect was in the passenger seat of the car and a woman was driving. 

Becky said when the thief took the car, he also stole her cell phone, purse, clothes, laptop, prescription medicine and paperwork from her job. And she said when she went to a pharmacy to refill one of her prescriptions, she realized the carjacker had also stolen her sense of security.

"It was the hardest thing to do, to go into a parking lot and go into a store and go back out," said Becky.

This was the first carjacking in Pevely in five years.

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