A St. Louis teenager was charged with stealing nearly $30,000 in merchandise from Ulta Beauty in January 2021.
Demetrius L. Owens Jr., 19, was charged with theft of $25,000 or more, a class C felony and second degree burglary, a class D felony.
On January 25, Washington Police Department officers responded to a burglar alarm at Ulta Beauty on Charlotte’s Way in Washington where they found a broken front door and discovered that numerous bottles of cologne and perfume had been stolen, according to a probable cause statement. lodged by the police.
Store management then provided police with a detailed inventory of the missing items, with a total value of $29,601.50, according to the statement of probable cause. Police also obtained surveillance video which allegedly showed two male suspects smashing the window with a large rock, entering the store dressed in black and stealing numerous jars of merchandise from the store.
Based on information from the U.S. Postal Inspector’s office, police identified Owens and another man named Ryan Jones as suspects. According to the Postal Inspector’s Office, similar burglaries had also occurred at Ulta Beauty locations in St. Louis County and Columbia.
It’s unclear whether this alleged crime involved the sale of stolen goods through the mail, which is the postal inspector’s specialty, but Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Becker told the Missourian that the postal inspector is often involved in non-mail related crimes as well.
Owens and Jones were later arrested by St. Louis County police, and after questioning and initially denying the crimes, Owens reportedly said he was responsible for the Washington, St. Louis County, and Columbia burglaries, and implicated Jones, according to probable cause. declaration.
Jones was not charged with any crime in Franklin County on Friday, according to online court records.
A hearing has yet to be scheduled for Owens, who also faces a St. Louis County theft and trespassing charge.
Editor’s note: St. Louis County police officials said a photo of Owens was not immediately available for release at press time. Also, an error in electronic court records resulted in Owens being listed as a resident of Washington, but Washington police say he never resided in Washington and lives in St. Louis.