Arrested: Man Wanted for Numerous County Thefts
The man wanted in connection to more than 50 thefts across St. Louis County was arrested Thursday after being spotted in a car stolen from Kirkwood. Police say heroin was behind the alleged crime spree.
The following information was supplied by the Town and Country Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Jeremy Burkhalter, wanted in connection to numerous thefts in Town and Country and for felony stealing in St. Louis County, including Kirkwood, was arrested around 5:30 a.m. Thursday after being spotted in a car stolen from Kirkwood.
Town and Country police said officers took Burkhalter, suspected of more than 50 crimes, including car thefts, across the St. Louis area, into custody after a foot pursuit on Turnberry Park Lane near Clayton and Ballas roads in Town and Country.
Town and Country Police Cpt. Gary Hoelzer said in a news release that officers and detectives from Des Peres, Kirkwood, Maryland Heights and Ladue converged on the area, and Burkhalter was taken into custody without incident.
Burkhalter was wanted on warrants for felony stealing from Kirkwood, Manchester, Ballwin and Ladue, according to court documents.
Hoelzer said the reason Burkhalter kept returning to cities where police were actively searching for him was due to a heroin addiction.
"This is an anecdotal experience with heroin," Hoelzer said. "He was going to commit crimes until he was caught, to feed his habit."
Burkhalter is currently being held in Town and Country and will be transferred to the St. Louis County Jail on St. Louis County warrants. Warrants for Town and Country are pending.
Owen Skoler, Local Editor of Kirkwood-Webster Groves Patch contributed to this report.