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Posted on: February 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Grand Jury Indicts Auto Theft Kingpin


The Office of Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar announces that on February 18, 2022, Nicholas P. Tate, 21, of Spanish Lake, was indicted by a St. Charles County grand jury with three (3) counts of Burglary 1st Degree, and Stealing over $750.  

Through the exhaustive efforts of the St. Peters Police Department and the St. Charles County Auto Theft Task Force, in cooperation with the St. Louis County Police Department, intelligence revealed that Tate has been named as a prime suspect in dozens of car break-ins and auto thefts in the metropolitan area. Further intelligence revealed that Tate is a prime ringleader of Big Buckz, an organized gang out of North St. Louis, dozens of whose members have tormented St. Charles County and St. Louis County neighborhoods in suspected car break-ins and auto thefts since early 2020.

At the time of his arrest for the above offenses, Tate was on parole for Stealing a Motor Vehicle, Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Resisting Arrest. As a result of his arrest for the above offenses, his parole was revoked, and he is currently serving the remainder of his sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

In addition to the above offenses, Tate is also facing separate charges of Stealing a Motor Vehicle, Tampering, and Stealing over $750. Those charges remain pending in St. Charles County. Investigations into numerous other car break-ins and auto thefts remain ongoing.


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