Serial burglars charged with stealing more than $50,000 of perfume, merchandise from Ulta Beauty

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Demetrius Owens, left, and Ryan Jones, right.

Two men face charges that they robbed a series of Ulta Beauty stores across St. Louis, including the store in South County.

St. Louis County prosecutors have charged Demetrius Owens, 18, and Ryan Jones, 37, both of 1921 McLaran Ave. in north St. Louis County, 63136, with three counts each of second-degree burglary, one count of stealing over $25,000, one count of stealing over $750 and three counts of second-degree property damage. Owens and Jones are both being held on $50,000 cash-only bond, no 10 percent.

Demetrius Owens

Jones was arrested Feb. 10, and Owens was arrested Feb. 26.

The St. Louis County Police Department notes that charges are only an accusation and that defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

According to the probable-cause statement released by police, a burglar alarm was triggered at Ulta Beauty, 12567 Olive Blvd. in West County Nov. 24, 2020. Officers found the window on the front door completely shattered and $19,125.50 of perfumes and colognes missing. Video surveillance showed two suspects entering the store and taking the missing perfumes.

A witness called 911 Nov. 28, 2020, about a burglary in progress at the Ulta Beauty at 189 Gravois Bluffs Plaza Drive. The front door window was also completely shattered, and this time $34,087 of merchandise was taken from the store.

The witness said he saw two suspects come and go in a black vehicle.

Ryan Jones

Video surveillance showed two suspects, wearing similar clothing from the Olive Boulevard burglary, taking the missing merchandise.

Video from the previous day showed Demetrius Owens and Ryan Jones outside the Gravois Bluffs Ulta on Nov. 27, 2020, the day before that burglary.

A week later, the burglars hit the South County Ulta: A burglar alarm was triggered at the South County shop at 4120 Elm Park Drive, and officers responding found the front door window completely shattered.

Video surveillance footage showed two suspects, wearing similar clothing from the previous Ulta burglaries.

An Ulta employee and a postal inspector later notified police about a posting from a friend of Owens and Jones that listed large amounts of perfumes and colognes inside Owens’ and Jones’ house in North County.

When officers executed a search warrant at the residence at 1921 McLaran Ave., officers found clothes matching what the suspects had worn in the video surveillance from the burglaries as well as a lot of the merchandise that was stolen from the stores.

Detectives from the St. Louis County Police Department’s Burglary Unit are leading the investigation.