"The QVC for stolen items": Why an East St. Louis woman is spending 4 years in prison

Twanna Trotter was trying to sell thousands in stolen items through Facebook Live

Alex Degman
February 07, 2020 - 9:50 pm

CHESTERFIELD (KMOX) -- An East St. Louis woman is going to prison for at least four years, charged with multiple thefts in Chesterfield and greater St. Louis -- and then selling the items from her basement on Facebook Live.

"We kind of described it as a QVC for stolen items," Chesterfield Police Sgt. Keith Rider tells KMOX.

He says they started arresting Twanna Trotter, 29, of East St. Louis, in 2018. At that time they recovered about $5,000 worth of stolen merchandise. 

While on probation for those charges, Rider says she started stealing again -- in some cases from places as far away as Osage Beach.

"She stole what she could and what she knew she could probably sell," Rider says. "The Halloween costumes were probably sold during the Halloween time period, clothing, shoe wear... things she thought she could sell through her 'boutique'."

Trotter had the items displayed in her basement and operated as somewhat of a boutique available through Facebook Live.

Police recovered about $20,000 worth of stolen merchandise in East St. Louis; Trotter still has a pending case in Illinois.

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