Burglary, theft warrants issued for alleged south St. Louis County car thief

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Zion Dooley

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued charges Thursday against an East St. Louis man for a series of burglaries in south St. Louis County. 

Warrants were issued Oct. 7 for Zion Dooley, 18, of the 200 block of Water Street in East St. Louis, for two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of motor vehicle theft, one count of tampering with a motor vehicle, and one count of stealing credit cards.

Dooley is being held on $100,000 cash only, no 10 percent. Charges are only an accusation until proven in a court of law.

A probable cause statement alleges that Dooley stole a 2019 Toyota Highlander from a garage after a garage opener in an unlocked pickup truck was used to open it. Inside the Toyota were two credit cards. 

The probable cause statement also alleges that a 2016 BMW had been stolen several days earlier in a similar manner from a different homeowner. Another separate victim reported the theft of their 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which had been left unlocked in the driveway of their residence.

Dooley was arrested after he attempted to sell the Toyota Highlander and another vehicle to an undercover police officer. In his possession at the time of his arrest were the credit cards stolen from the Highlander, in addition to other property that had been in the vehicle. 

According to a statement from the prosecuting attorney’s office, Dooley confessed to entering the two garages and stealing the Highlander and BMW. Dooley said he had been present when the Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen, and said within 10 minutes of that theft he was driving the vehicle away from the area.