Police: Alleged mall thief tries to hitch I-64 getaway ride with strangers

Cartez Dixon
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A St. Louis man who fled from a store’s security officers and tried to escape by getting into a car with strangers was arrested Tuesday and faces multiple charges.

According to a Fairview Heights Police Department Statement, officers responded to the JCPenney store at St. Clair Square Mall at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a man fleeing on foot after a suspected theft.

Loss prevention officers followed the man out of the store and through a parking lot. They reported seeing the man leap over a fence, stop a silver car on the eastbound on-ramp to I-64, open the unlocked passenger door and hop onto the passenger’s lap.

The car immediately pulled off to the side of the road and its occupants helped the loss prevention officers detain the man until police arrived. The occupants of the car were not injured.

According to the statement, Cartez Dixon, 19, of St. Louis was arrested by police on the on-ramp without further incident.

Dixon faces Class 2 felonies of retail theft over $300 and aggravated battery in a public way. He faces Class A misdemeanors of criminal trespass to a vehicle and criminal damage to property. Bond was set at $100,000.