It was just the end of another day at work for Tricia Grissom of Wentzville, or so it seemed.
Grissom was leaving etrailer.com, a company on Highway A that sells trailer parts, hitches, bike racks and accessories online, at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Grissom works there as a writer and project manager.
“I got in my car and put it in reverse. Then the right rear side of my car fell to the ground,” Grissom told 70 West Sentinel.
When Grissom got out of the car, she saw that the right rear tire was gone and the car had been propped up on some rocks.
“I looked across the aisle and a man and a women were putting a tire on their car.” She walked over and saw that the tire was flat.
Grissom asked them if they had taken her tire. They insisted that they did not, even when another etrailer.com employee pointed it out in their back seat. So Grissom called the police.
The couple then drove off with Grissom’s tire. Luckily, another one of Grissom’s co-workers, Mike Howell, was also in the parking lot and witnessed the confrontation. He followed the suspects’ car across the street to the GM plant parking lot. He asked for Grissom’s tire back, and they gave it to him.
Grissom was able to get pictures of the couple in their car, and a picture of the car’s license plate. Wentzville police located the car and took the female suspect into custody. The male suspect fled on foot.
When Grissom posted the story on Facebook, Mike Howell downplayed his part in the incident. “I’m no hero,” he said. “The men and women who put on the uniform every day are the real heroes. I just did what I thought was right.”