A St. Clair man was arrested after allegedly stealing a running vehicle parked outside a gas station.
Jerry A. Henderson, 39, was charged Jan. 3 in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with stealing a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.
At 6:30 a.m. that day, a resident parked her 1995 Chevrolet pickup in the parking lot at FastLane gas station, located on Highway 47. She walked into the store to purchase coffee and left the vehicle running outside.
While she was inside FastLane, Henderson stole the vehicle, according to Police Chief Bill Hammack. A St. Clair officer and a sheriff’s deputy identified Henderson by the video surveillance footage.
An officer saw the stolen vehicle westbound on Interstate 44, near the 239 mile marker, at 9 a.m. the same day. The officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, but Henderson fled the area in the vehicle, according to Hammack.
A search was conducted by law enforcement and at 10:30 a.m., a Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement detective found the stolen pickup at a residence at the intersection of St. Louis Inn Road and Westwood Road.
Henderson was arrested at the scene. Deputies and St. Clair officers were dispatched to where Henderson was found. During the arrest, law enforcement found marijuana on Henderson, according to Hammack.
A large amount of stolen property including clothing and automotive accessories were located inside the stolen vehicle. The investigation revealed that the stolen items were from Walmart in Eureka.
A deputy also found suspected crystal methamphetamine in Henderson’s sock. Further charges are being sought on him.
Henderson’s bond was set at $100,000 cash only, according to Hammack.