Police searching for suspects selling stolen construction equipment


Columbia, Waterloo and Monroe County police agencies are trying to track down multiple subjects who may have been attempting to sell stolen items in Waterloo around 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

Police were put on alert for suspects driving a white truck with California plates pulling a trailer with Illinois plates. Another vehicle involved is a silver Lexus SUV with Missouri plates. The direction of travel was north toward Columbia.

Columbia police apparently had one of the vehicles stopped near Dupo, but the suspects may have fled on foot. A search for the suspects is ongoing.

An update from Columbia police:

A stolen truck from St. Louis County was in Waterloo trying to sell stolen construction equipment.  The truck left Waterloo northbound on Route 3.  A Columbia officer attempted to stop it northbound on Interstate 255.  The truck pulled over and then drove through the right median, through the fence and then went south on Old State Route 3.  The officer could not drive through the wet median and had to go to the Dupo exit and come south on Old State Route 3.  A Columbia officer located the stolen truck abandoned off of Imbs Station Road.  Officers from Columbia, Dupo, the St. Clair and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the Metro East Auto Theft Task Force searched the area but did not locate the three suspects.  The Lexus SUV followed the stolen truck and is believed to have picked up the three who fled from the stolen truck.



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