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Cahokia police identify 5 men wanted in bi-state theft ring

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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.

Police in Illinois and Missouri have released the names and photos of three men they believe are involved in a theft ring in both states. The names of two other men also were included in their release.

After thefts at businesses in Cahokia, the police department posted on Facebook on Wednesday saying that they want residents and businesses to know the identity of the men to help prevent further thefts. Det. Matthew Mason said he could not disclose the names of the business in Cahokia that were targeted, or the dates the thefts occurred, because it could compromise the investigation.

In the post, police identified:

  • Melvin Elijah Holmes, 25, of St. Louis, known to be violent
  • Sean D. Parks, 25, of St. Louis
  • George Paul M. Ross Jr., 26, of St. Louis, known to be armed
  • Anthony Holmes, age and address not released
  • Kristopher Evans, age and address not released

There have been multiple vehicles used in the thefts, the post stated. Mason said the had also stolen several cars. The investigation is being conducted by several agencies, including:

  • St. Louis Metro
  • Ladue
  • St. Louis County
  • Maplewood
  • St. Charles city
  • Arnold
  • Sunset Hills
  • Florissant
  • Jefferson County
  • St. Clair County

Police said anyone with information about the men should call 911 and not approach the men. Anyone with tips can call Detective Matthew Mason of the Cahokia Police Department at 618-332-4209.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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