Suspect arrested following Millstadt robbery


A Breese man was charged following a Friday morning robbery at Breadeaux Pizza, 105 S. Jefferson Street, Millstadt.

At 11:14 a.m., police said a man wearing a mask entered Breadeaux and demanded money from a courier maintaining the restaurant’s video gaming machines. Police were on the scene in fewer than two minutes of the initial call and the victim was able to describe the suspect, who got away with an undisclosed sum of money, as a man wearing a mask who left in a small, silver four-door car.

Local police agencies, including Columbia, Dupo, Cahokia and St. Clair County, were notified of the incident shortly after 11:20 a.m. The suspect’s vehicle was identified a short time later and following a brief pursuit, he was taken into custody in the 2800 block of Calvin in Cahokia. Police recovered evidence from the robbery at the scene of the arrest.

On Saturday, the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office charged James J. Deiters, 41, of Breese, with armed robbery, possession of stolen title/certificate/plate and resisting arrest.

Court information states that Deiters was armed with a Ruger .45 caliber pistol during the robbery, which is a Class X felony.

Bond for Deiters was set at $150,000 and he remains in custody at the St. Clair County Jail.




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