The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has filed felony charges against three suspects who fled the scene after stealing about $7,459 in Victoria’s Secret merchandise this past Wednesday.
Shomyia R. Hemphill, 28, of Hazelwood, Lamonica M. McGee, 24, of St. Louis, and Brittany R. Bobo, 24, of St. Louis were each charged with one count of stealing – $750 or more. Hemphill was also charged with resisting arrest for a felony.
According to court documents, the three suspects entered the Victoria’s Secret store at the Meadows in Lake Saint Louis and began to stack up items from display tables. They then scooped up the stacks, ran from the store, and fled in a maroon Nissan Altima.
Lake Saint Louis police intercepted the suspects’ car at an exit from the shopping center, but the suspects refused to stop. Instead, Hemphill, the driver, tried to get on Interstate 64 via the off ramp, into oncoming traffic. The suspects then ran over a concrete median before fleeing east on I-64 at a high rate of speed.
The Altima’s front tires were damaged and the vehicle was traveling on the metal rims. The vehicle finally stopped in Frontenac, where it caught on fire. Bobo was arrested at the scene, and, police say, admitted to the theft. Hemphill and McGee both fled and were later apprehended by Frontenac police.
Bond was set at $10,000 for each of the three suspects, cash only.
According to police, Hemphill has prior arrests for felony stealing, fleeing and resisting arrest, and forgery. McGee has prior arrests for receiving stolen property.