Arkansas man charged with steal­ing gas truck

Belleville News-Democrat - - News - BY CAROLYN P SMITH csmith@bnd.com Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503, @car­olyn­hen­dri18

A 30-year old He­ber Springs, Arkansas, man was charged Thurs­day with steal­ing a Spire gas truck from un­der a levy in East St. Louis on Tues­day.

Ricky Dun­can faces charges of ag­gra­vated un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a stolen ve­hi­cle, un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a stolen ve­hi­cle and two counts of ag­gra­vated flee­ing and elud­ing po­lice.

He is be­ing held at the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail.

It is un­clear where the driver of the truck was when the ve­hi­cle was stolen, but Sauget Po­lice Chief James Jones said the keys to the truck were in­side of the ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice say Dun­can left East St. Louis in the gas truck and went into Ca­hokia on Tues­day.

Po­lice then no­ti­fied Sauget po­lice that the stolen ve­hi­cle was headed into their ju­ris­dic­tion. Jones said his of­fi­cers at­tempted to stop the ve­hi­cle, but the driver re­fused to pull over.

The truck crashed into the 1800 block of Mis­sis­sippi and Sauget po­lice ar­rested Dun­can.

A Spire spokes­woman did not want to com­ment on the sit­u­a­tion, but she ac­knowl­edged that the com­pany was aware their ve­hi­cle had been stolen.

The spokes­woman, who didn’t want to use her name, said Spire is co­op­er­at­ing with Sauget po­lice in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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