Seven Arrested in Farmersville, Ill., Area in Chase after Theft at Plaza Frontenac

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Seven Arrested in Farmersville, Ill., Area in Chase after Theft at Plaza Frontenac


Hollinshed, Denise, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


FRONTENAC * Seven of 12 people suspected of a smash-and-grab theft at Plaza Frontenac were arrested south of Farmersville, Ill., on Saturday morning after about a 60-mile chase involving several police departments.

Frontenac Police Chief Tom Becker said the incident began shortly after 10 a.m. when the thieves, split between two vehicles, went into Saks Fifth Avenue, smashed glass display cases to steal purses and then fled. Bystanders misinterpreted the sounds of glass breaking as gunshots, Becker said.

About 10:30 a.m., a Maryville police officer spotted one of the vehicles in Illinois on Interstate 55.

The officer tried unsuccessfully to stop the vehicle, triggering the high-speed pursuit northbound on I-55.

Officers from the Illinois State Police, Hamel Police Department, Macoupin County Sheriff's Department, Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Litchfield Police Department and Taylor Springs Police Department assisted in the pursuit, which ended when the vehicle blew a tire after running over spike strips near Mount Olive. …

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