CAPTURED: West County Burglary Suspects
A man and woman wanted by police for months in connection to a number of West County burglaries were arrested by Town and Country police. Read how it all unfolded.
Town and Country police said two people wanted in connecton to a rash of recent West Country burglaries are now in police custody.
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Town and Country detectives arrested Mark Davenport, 37, and Tonya (Broeker) Quargnenti, 33, in South St. Louis County on Memorial Day, according to police Captain Gary Hoelzer.
Investigators received a tip that the two were in rehab at St. Anthony's Highland Center in South County. Detectives conducted surveillance for three hours in South County Monday, spotted the two and made the arrests.
"They walked into the elevator, our detectives jumped into the elevator with them and they had nowhere to go," Hoelzer explained.
Davenport was wanted in connection to a May 7 burglary in the 1500 block of South Mason Road, near Queeny Park, where jewelry and laptop computers were stolen. Police believe Quargnenti was acting as Davenport's accomplice.
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Hoelzer said Quargnenti pawned the jewelry from that burlgary with Missouri Gold Buyers two days after the crime.
"She has a long history in the St. Louis area," Hoelzer said. He said both Quargnenti and Davenport have burglary backgrounds that date back to the 1990s.
Both are now facing burlgary charges in Town and Country, but have been turned over to Des Peres police where they remain in custody.
"Right now, Des Peres has a good case," Hoelzer said. "We arrested him (Davenport) last month for breaking into a vehicle on Westminster's lot, but they've been wanted for a number of burlgaries in West County."
As previously reported by Patch, the two were identified as suspects in thefts at Westminster Christian Academy in March where computers and a GPS were stolen from unlocked cars.
In addition to the burglary charge, Hoelzer said Davenport was also wanted for a parole violation.
"Looks like he'll go back and serve six years," Hoelzer said.
Police believe the two may have also been hitting Ballas Road churches for a hand outs.
Additional information can be forwarded to Lieutenant Rick Kranz at email@example.com.
Anonymous tips on the thefts can also be called in to St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers at 866-317-TIPS (8477).
*Please contact Local Editor Gabrielle Biondo with any questions regarding the above reports.
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