An early morning gas station robbery in Maryland Heights, Mo., led to a police chase into Caseyville that ended in a crash and three arrests. There were no injuries to anyone, police said.
Maryland Heights Police Capt. Scott Will confirmed that an armed robbery occurred about 4:30 a.m. at the Mobile On The Run gas station, located at 13553 Riverport Drive in Maryland Heights.
Caseyville Police Chief Frank Moore said the armed robbery and the suspect’s vehicle information was put out on an Illinois State Police radio broadcast, and Caseyville police along with East St. Louis police were alerted to the situation.
“An ISPERN broadcast was put out about the incident in Maryland Heights. Our officers learned that police were pursuing the vehicle into Illinois. East St. Louis, Caseyville, Fairview Heights and others joined in. The car came off on Illinois 157 and went down St. Clair Avenue and went back onto Interstate 64 and came to a stop in a ditch at mile marker 10,” Moore said.
The four-door Pontiac Bonneville that was carrying three young men and one female who were suspects in the armed robbery. The unidentified robbery suspects fled from the gas station and police pursued them into Illinois. It is unclear at this time whether the suspects are Missouri or Illinois residents. No details on them were given by police in Missouri or Illinois as there have not been any formal charges filed yet.
Traffic was slowed as some motorists slowed to see why three people, in handcuffs, were sitting on a hilly section of land just off Interstate 64.
The car carrying the suspects had run out of gas and crashed into a ditch near the shoulder of Interstate 64 east near Caseyville.
Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin “Buddy” Dye Jr. said preliminary reports show that “the Bonneville ran out of gas and came to a stop in a ditch. Four suspects were arrested at the scene without incident. The female was taken to an area hospital after she appeared to have a seizure.”
Dye called the joint effort between all of the police agencies “a great example of how multiple police departments can work together to keep the public safe and apprehend criminals.”