One suspect is in custody and two others have been identified in the theft of a shopping cart full of items from the Washington Schnucks Monday.
Washington police was dispatched to the store at 7:33 p.m. after store employees reported that a man and woman pushed a cart out of the store without paying for the goods, according to Detective Betsey Schulze.
The contents of the cart were loaded into a car outside the store that was driven by a second man, who drove from the scene. The suspects who were in the store fled on foot, police said.
The 39-year-old man was tracked down by police and arrested at 7:48 p.m. on outstanding warrants near Bieker Creek Lane, located off Bieker Road. The man’s address is listed as homeless, police said
Officers located the vehicle used in the heist a short distance away at the address where it was registered. The driver is identified as a 63-year-old man from the Washington area.
There was no answer at the door when police tried to contact the man. Officers did not see any items stolen from Schnucks through the car windows or outside the home, Schulze said.
Police identified the female suspect as a 33-year-old also from the Washington area. She also has an address listed as Nelson, Mo., in Saline County.
There are unconfirmed reports that the woman was knocking on doors in the Washington Heights subdivision asking residents if she could enter their home and charge her phone.
Stealing charges are pending against all three suspects.
Washington police are working with Schnucks employees to determine the value of the items stolen. That information will be used to determine if the suspects are charged with a felony or misdemeanor, Schulze said.
According to state statute, stealing of items valued at more than $500 is considered a felony.
The names of the suspects have not been released pending formal charges.