Robert K. Theiss, 41, of Bonne Terre, MO, has been charged with several crimes following a stealing incident and vehicle chase in South County Sept. 15. Thiess has been charged with one count of Felony Attempted Stealing, one count of Felony First Degree Degree Property Damage, one count of Misdemeanor Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer, and one count of Felony Resisting/Interfering with Arrest. A $35,000 bond has been issued.
The incident started September 15, when a St. Louis County police officer responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 7900 block of Becker Road. A report from county police indicated that officers observed Theiss loading items from a backyard shed into what was later identified as a stolen vehicle.
Whan Theiss spotted the officers he fled the scene in the stolen vehicle, police said, at one point side-swiping a St. Louis County Police Department vehicle at Fine and Becker roads and leading officers on a pursuit down Telegraph Road into Jefferson County, which police ended out of concern for vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Telegraph Road.
Arnold Police ultimately found the vehicle and pursued it—along with Jefferson County deputies and Metro Air—to Gods Country Road, where the suspect fled on foot. Theiss was arrested about a week later by officers from the St. Louis County Police Department South County Precinct.
The car, which was stolen from Pevely, MO, contained a methamphetamine lab.
Some information for this article was provided by Patch editor Lindsay Toler