Instead, his camera ended up snapping shots of two no good vermin hiding from cops after they invaded a nearby neighbor’s home at gunpoint on Sunday, the St. Louis Dispatch reports.
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Cops arrested three men in connection to the robbery—Trevon Devontae Adams, Ronald Ledell Forture and Justin James Rush—around 8 a.m. that morning and charged them with “one count of burglary, two counts of robbery and three counts of armed criminal action.” The men are being held on bond amounts ranging from $75,000 to $100,000.
Police say a fourth man, Ocie Lee Bates III, 23, also participated in the robbery, but is still at large. The men reportedly stole a laptop, $700 in cash, a cellphone and a credit card during their alleged home invasion.
The owner of the camera, Jacob Schuh, said he was shocked when he saw the images of the men hiding from cops on his battery-powered “Primos Truth Cam 46.”
“I almost didn’t believe it,” Schuh said. “It was like, what the hell is this?”
It was two of the alleged robbers hiding from police officers after hitting up a house at gun point, that’s what the hell it was. Subsequent photos show the two men being taken down and cuffed by local police.
The four suspects apparently had met two of the victims who live at the home the previous evening at the Lumière Place casino in downtown St. Louis, Disbennett said. Police believe the robbers followed the victims home to Brentwood after the victims had won several hundred dollars at one of the casino’s craps tables.
Disbennett said police responded to the block after a witness — radio host McGraw Milhaven — spotted the four men acting suspciciously. They walked down the block and approached the house after leaving their car a few houses down the block with the engine running. Once they got to the house, some went in and others stayed outside, appearing to be lookouts, according to Milhaven, a KTRS-AM morning radio host who had been visiting a friend on the block Sunday morning.
After robbing the men at gunpoint at the home, the robbers left and hid after seeing police cars pull up, Disbennett said. Police arrested three of the four near the house.
“I saw the whole thing from start to finish,” Milhaven said in an email. “The four guys walking down the street, past my friend’s house, and then run up to the house they were going to rob. Then them hiding in the bushes, running out, and the police chase. I had a front-row seat.”
Police were still looking for a handgun that they believe one of the robbers dropped as he fled.
Schuh said the very next night, his camera caught images of the real culprit he was hoping to find rummaging through his trash: an opossum.