Second Man Charged in Series of Gunpoint Robberies
St. Louis County Police said they believe Curtis Edwards held the gun in the Mehlville Kmart robbery on May 11.
A second man has been charged in a string of parking lot robberies in Mehlville, Crestwood, Shrewsbury and Brentwood.
Curtis Edwards, 26, of the 2600 block of Rottingdean in North County, was charged Thursday with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in the May 11 robbery in the Mehlville Kmart parking lot.
St. Louis County Police said in a report that Edwards and Mar’Kele D. Prince, 17, of the 4500 block of Rosewood Avenue in Jennings, pulled up in a car as a woman was retrieving something from her car in the Mehlville Kmart parking lot. Edwards displayed a semi-automatic handgun and stole her purse, according to the report.
Police said they believe that the Kmart and subsequent parking lot robberies were related. In each robbery, at least two men pulled up in a car, displayed a semi-automatic handgun and took a woman’s purse. The robberies include:
- May 11 Kmart parking lot at 3901 Lemay Ferry Road in Mehlville;
- May 12 Kohl’s parking lot at 9701 Watson Road in Crestwood;
- May 15 Mackenzie Pointe Dierbergs parking lot, 7233 Watson Road in Shrewsbury;
- May 30 Shane Co. parking lot, 10 Promenade Court.
Prince was charged last week with two counts of robbery and one count of armed criminal action in the Mehlville and Crestwood purse snatchings.
Crestwood Police announced that three men have been arrested in connection with the robberies, and Shrewsbury Police said both men responsible for the Dierberg’s robberies are in custody.