News | City of Clayton, MO

Today was the 1st day of school for the School District of Clayton & other area schools. We know SROs Whittaker & Boeger were excited to reconnect with students, teachers & staff & make new friends at school today! We hope everyone had a very safe & happy 1st day back to class. 

For the reporting period of Monday, August 16th – Sunday, August 22nd, CPD officers responded to 486 calls for service, including 19 automobile accidents & 36 calls to assist the CFD. Among those calls were the following incidents: 

As reported last week, officers were patrolling the Claverach Park neighborhood just after 3am Monday when they spotted a subject running across a front yard. When they attempted to stop him, he ran into a resident’s backyard. A short time later, officers found him seated at the curb in front of a home on Southmoor, where he was waiting for an Uber to pick him up. Officers learned the individual was a 17-year-old juvenile & took him into custody for a curfew violation. He was later released to his parent & the case has been forwarded to the St. Louis County Family Courts for consideration. 

A second subject, a 19-year-old adult, was found hiding along the side of a home on Ridgemoor. Officers learned he is a person of interest in a burglary investigation in another jurisdiction & he was arrested for an outstanding warrant for vehicle theft. Both subjects appear to have been checking the area for unlocked vehicles.

A resident in the Moorlands neighborhood awoke Tuesday morning to discover fresh damage on the front bumper of his vehicle. No witnesses or suspects have been identified. 

While conducting a traffic stop at Hanley & Forsyth Tuesday morning, officers discovered the driver had an active warrant through the Arkansas Board of Parole. The parole violation, related to a burglary, was confirmed & the man was arrested. 

After a parking garage attendant informed him he could not park in a reserved space Tuesday evening, a man let his frustration get the best of him. Witnesses reported the man began yelling profanities & throwing items from his vehicle toward the attendant. Then, when his exit from the garage was blocked by the electronic gate arm, he exited his car & forced the gate, damaging it in the process. The man has been identified & the investigation continues. 

While conducting an audit of their accounts Wednesday, a local law firm discovered 8 checks were fraudulently written from their bank account. The checks totaled over $3,000 & were cashed via mobile deposit through an out-of-state bank. The firm reported the fraud to their bank & the bank will be handling any additional investigation. 

Wednesday afternoon, the CPD received multiple calls regarding an individual going door-to-door in our neighborhoods asking for donations & peddling magazines or other goods. Unfortunately, the man became verbally aggressive when his services were refused. Residents of the Davis Place neighborhood notified the PD of the man’s behavior & their concerns. Following an investigation, the man was arrested for peace disturbance & violation of the peddlers & solicitors ordinance.

Per the ordinance (http://ow.ly/asGV50FUW2c), anyone wishing to sell goods or services in residential areas must apply for a peddlers/solicitors ID issued by the City of Clayton. If an ID is issued, the peddler/solicitor must wear the ID to be visible to any individual they may approach. Please note, canvassing our neighborhoods to enlist support for political or religious causes does not require a peddlers/solicitors ID. However, a canvasser can apply for an ID for the purpose of reassuring residents of their good faith.

In the past, criminals have posed as door-to-door salespeople as a ruse to commit fraud & burglaries. The purpose of the ID application process is to screen the legitimacy of the business & the intent of the individual. The ID cards are valid for up to (3) months, after which the individual must apply for a new card. As of this morning, only two businesses have valid/active ID cards. Please contact the police department if a salesperson approaches your door without a City of Clayton peddlers/solicitors ID card.

While on patrol in the area of S. Brentwood & Maryland Thursday afternoon, officers discovered a man unconscious behind the wheel of his running vehicle. When he was roused, he admitted to officers he had recently snorted fentanyl. He was subsequently arrested for DUI & possession of a controlled substance. For his safety, he was transported to a local hospital for medical care. 

Later Thursday afternoon, a postal employee attempted to deliver mail in the 200 block of S. Meramec when a woman began following her along her route & yelling profanities. Officers contacted the woman & learned there was an active warrant for her arrest through Missouri Probation & Parole for Aggravated Stalking. The warrant was confirmed & the woman was arrested.

A failed attempt to rekindle a relationship turned violent Thursday night when the reporting party’s ex-boyfriend forced entry into her home & physically assaulted her. The man fled the scene before officers arrived. He is currently wanted for domestic assault 3rd degree, burglary 1st degree & property damage 2nd degree. Attempts to locate him are still underway. 

A resident of the Polo neighborhood awoke Friday to discover their vehicle was missing. The owner believes she may have inadvertently left her keys inside the car. Neighbors & residents on Country Club Ct. reported their cars were rummaged through overnight. Surveillance footage showed an unknown white passenger vehicle in the area just before 3am. The investigation is ongoing.

Officers responded to CVS Friday evening after an employee was assaulted. He explained a group of juveniles regularly shoplifts small items from the store & upon their arrival, he began to monitor their activity. As they perused the aisles, the group yelled at the employee & threatened to hit him. The group did not make any purchases & the employee followed them out of the store as they exited. As he was returning, one of the subjects, a 15-year-old male, ran back into the store, shoved the employee from behind. The group has been banned from the store & will be arrested for trespassing if they return. The 15-year-old was released to his mother & the case has been forwarded to the St. Louis County Family Courts for consideration.

Finally, officers were alerted to subjects using the Shaw Park Aquatic Center after hours Saturday night. Three juveniles were found on the diving platform. They admitted to knowingly trespassing & were released to a guardian.

Just a reminder, the CPD & CFD are collecting school supplies to benefit families in need. Donations can be dropped off in person or shipped directly to the CPD or CFD through August 28th.
 
Until next week, stay safe!