FRONTENAC, MO (KPLR) – Eight people were arrested, Saturday, south of Farmersville in Illinois after a multi-agency chase. The people arrested are believed to be connected with an earlier theft at the Saks Fifth Avenue store at Plaza Frontenac in Frontenac, Missouri.
A woman inside of the Saks store Saturday morning tells Fox2 that shortly after 10:00 a.m., a group of 12 men entered the store and smashed the Chanel cases, running off with armfuls of purses. The witness described the chaos as similar to a shooting, hearing glass shattering and a lot of commotion.
Frontenac police say the suspects fled in two vehicles, one heading east I-64 and eventually entering into Illinois.
According to Illinois State Police, "one of the vehicles was spotted in Illinois on I-55 near Maryville. A Maryville police officer tried to conduct a traffic stop but the suspect vehicle refused to stop and fled. A pursuit was initiated, and the pursuit continued northbound on I-55. The fleeing vehicle struck spike strips around Mt. Olive, and one of the tires on the fleeing vehicle was disabled. The fleeing vehicle continued north on I-55 and exited into Litchfield. The pursuit continued through Litchfield for a short time, and then the fleeing vehicle again entered I-55 northbound.
Just after 11 am, the fleeing vehicle entered the center median south of Farmersville and came to a stop. Eight subjects fled from the vehicle on foot, but all were caught and are currently in police custody.
Merchandise from the theft was recovered from the suspect vehicle.
Charges against the eight arrested are pending in Illinois and in St. Louis County. Information from Frontenac Police is forthcoming.