KMOX EXCLUSIVE: Car Break-In Suspects on the Run After Removing GPS Bracelets

Michael Calhoun
June 06, 2018 - 7:35 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The notorious gang of car break-in suspects who caught a break when their bond was reduced from $50,000 to $5,000 is now on the run.

They’ve cut their GPS ankle monitors and their whereabouts are unknown, according to court records and confirmed by downtown alderman Jack Coatar.

"It’s all very disappointing. This could have been avoided, these guys never should have made bond to begin with, but they did, we dealt with it as best we could and now here we are and they’re in the wind,” he says.

Police now have to search for them all over again. KMOX first told you when they broke this case about the room full of recovered stolen goods they're trying to match with rightful owners.

One of the suspects, Lamonte Brown's, defense lawyer Joel Schwartz says he has talked with his client.

“I’m hoping that he will surrender, and we’ve had that discussion, and he has indicated that he will be taking my advice in the near future,” he says.

The suspects are believed to be connected with as many as 1,000 car break-ins.

Coatar says after their original arrest, break-ins dropped off the map downtown, but lately they're happening, again.

Police have been sifting through a room full of evidence stolen from cars, trying to connect the items with rightful owners so more charges can be brought. When they're re-caught, the suspects will now face $250,000 bond.