On Thursday, February 21, 2019, Fairview Heights Police received an 8-count warrant, charging:
Jermaine R. Wesley
27 years of age
St. Louis, MO
with the following:
3 Counts of Retail Theft-Class 3 Felony
3 Counts of Retail Theft-Subsequent Offenses-Class 4 Felony
2 Counts of Resisting A Police Officer-Class 4 Felony
The charges stem from Wesley participating in thefts at the Kohl’s Department Store, 6109 North Illinois, Fairview Heights, on multiple occasions beginning in November of 2018. Wesley visited the store three separate times with other males. Where they would select hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise then run to a vehicle and flee the area back to Missouri, often evading police when signaled to stop.
During the course of the investigation, Wesley was identified as a suspect in the thefts, not only at Kohl’s but also TJ Maxx and other Kohl’s Department Stores in the St. Louis area. He was also wanted by the St. Clair County Sheriff for a probation violation warrant.
On February 19, 2019, officers responded to the Burlington Coat Factory, 1 Plaza Drive, Fairview Heights for a theft, which had just occurred. When officers arrived store employees reported that two males had entered the store and stole merchandise, but had since left the business. While officers investigated the theft an unknown witness reported seeing the suspects at a store close to Burlington. Officers responded there and attempted to take Wesley into custody. However, Wesley attempted to run from officers and was taken to the ground where he was wrestled into handcuffs. The second suspect was able to enter a getaway vehicle and drove away. Officers from several jurisdictions attempted to stop the vehicle on I-64, but the vehicle kept going into St. Louis.
Wesley is currently being housed at the St. Clair County Jail with a $75,000 bond (10% cash), and the probation violation warrant, which has a $40,000 bond (10% cash).
*All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.