St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner

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Spokeswoman Defends Circuit Attorney's Office over Car Break Ins

May 18, 2018 - 9:53 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A spokesman says it's not the Circuit Attorney's fault a trio of notorious car break-in suspects are now back on the street.

Alderman Jack Coatar told us yesterday that prosecutors dropped the ball in not arguing against a reducing bond from $150,000 to just $5000 cash for the three, who he says are suspected of breaking into as many as a thousand cars.

"Mr. Coatar is wrong. I can understand he’s frustrated that these defendants posted bond, but everybody has a right to bond,” says circuit attorney spokeswoman Susan Ryan. “We have communication where we’ve been asking police over and over again to please bring us additional charges for these groups because they say there’s near a hundred, and we believe them and we’d like to charge them, but we need them to bring evidence over to use for us to charge.”

Ryan also disputes Coatar's account that it was his urging a week later the led the judge to put GPS monitors on the suspects. Ryan says he did so at a hearing requested by prosecutors. Police meantime are pouring over a room full of stolen loot at police headquarters, trying to match the items with victims.