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click to enlarge St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell, pictured in 2019. - DANNY WICENTOWSKI

DANNY WICENTOWSKI

St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell, pictured in 2019.

The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office announced this afternoon that two teenagers and a 20-year-old man have each been charged with 21 counts of property damage and one count of theft of a firearm, all counts for serious crimes.

The charges against Kyle Buchanan, 18, Darryl Muldrow, 18, and Deandre Thomas, 20, stem from a series of carjackings that occurred Feb. 6 at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital and the National Health Care Corporation, both in Maryland. Heights.

According to a probable cause statement from a Maryland Heights Police Department detective, video surveillance footage shows two men smashing the windows of a car in the parking lot of the National Health Care Corporation while a third man waits in a Dark colored Nissan Altima.

That same day, a gun was stolen from an Amazon warehouse in St. Peters, according to the probable cause statement.

The next day, Thomas, Buchanan and Muldrow were in the same Nissan Altima when they fled a police attempt to stop it near New Halls Ferry Circle. A chase ensued, during which one of the suspects threw a gun from the car. The probable cause statement says the gun was later found to be the same one reported stolen from the Amazon warehouse the day before.

The chase ended when police deployed a spike strip.

Property that had been reported stolen from the Ranken Jordan Bridge Children’s Hospital was found in the Altima.

Data from Buchanan’s seized cellphones places him at Ranken Jordan, National Health Care Corporation and the Amazon warehouse, the probable cause statement says.

Police and politicians have tried to clamp down on carjackings in the county in recent months. In November, two city council members proposed legislation that would ban “vehicle loitering,” or pulling on successive car door handles in search of one that is open.

“I have formed a task force to focus on the auto theft epidemic that we are seeing, and we will hold these defendants accountable for these senseless and destructive property crimes,” said St. Louis County Attorney Wesley Bell. , it’s a statement. “I strongly advise our residents not to store valuables, especially firearms, inside their vehicles. There are organized groups of thieves who see a parked car as an invitation to vandalize and grab.”

Buchanan and Thomas are from St. Louis. Muldrow is from St. Charles. All three are being held on $120,000 bond.

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