Photos: Ingram Towing Has No License, Allegedly Stealing Cars Throughout St. Louis

Categories: Autos, Crime

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Leonard Ingram
Have you ever had your car towed? It's a really awful feeling when you go back to the space where you left it and it's just not there anymore.

Now imagine losing your car and learning that the tow company that took it is actually a sham business that snags cars.

It could happen to you! An entity that goes by the name of Ingram Towing has, on multiple occasions, illegally towed cars, St. Louis County Police say. A suspect was charged this week, but officials are still urging people to report suspicious activity.

How can you spot them?

Police have sent out a handful of photos of Ingram Towing in action. More on view below.

Officials announced late yesterday that the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has issued warrants for Leonard T. Ingram, 55, who lives on the 800 block of Holland Avenue.

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All photos courtesy of St. Louis County Police

He was charged with one count of stealing a motor vehicle and police say he is a driver for Ingram Towing, based out of Webster Groves. A $25,00 bond was issued.

He allegedly stole a vehicle that had broken down and was on the side of I-70 near Earth City. There was a second stolen vehicle, too, that had broken down on the side of Highway 270 near Highway 367, police say.

And this isn't the first time he and his company have been charged. Ingram and his company were accused of a tow truck vehicle theft back in October of 2012.

Police note that the company is focused primarily on scrapping junk cars or vehicles that are more than ten years old. Regardless, Ingram Towing has not had a city or county license to do business as a tow operator since June of 2012, officials say.

Here's the official alert, followed by more photos:

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office issued warrants on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 on Leonard T, Ingram, 55 years of age, of the 800 block of Holland, St. Louis, Missouri 63119, for one count of stealing a motor vehicle. Ingram is a driver for Ingram Towing out of Webster Groves. A $25,000 bond was issued, and a photo of Ingram is attached.

Ingram reportedly stole a vehicle that had broken down and was on the side of Highway 70 near Earth City. A second vehicle was also stolen by Ingram which had broken down on the side of Highway 270 near Highway 367. This is the same suspect and company caught stealing a motor vehicle with a tow truck back in October of 2012.

Ingram Towing has not had a City or County License to do business as a tow operator since June of 2012. The company has focused primarily on scrapping junk cars (or stolen vehicles that are ten years old or older). We ask the public to report suspicious towing activity to Crimestoppers, the St. Louis County Police Auto Crime Unit or their local police departments.

Continue for more photos from St. Louis County Police.

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2 comments
mboroki
mboroki

Its good to see that the police are working hard to rid us of criminals pretending to be towing companies. makes you think twice before calling any towing company. I think it would be good to list all the towing companies that are a sham on the web so that one can always check out before calling in case you need trailer towing services. I wonder whether the towing truck was also stolen!

johnhoffmann
johnhoffmann

It is so good to see that some things never change.  Members of the Ingram family committing crimes has become a St. Louis Institution, much like Ted Drewes or the Arch.

In the 1970s I was a police detective in Rock Hill.  The Ingram family lived in the 300 block of Lithia Avenue. We arrested Leonard T. Ingram and his older brother Gary B. Ingram so often that the Ingrams and the cops were on a first name basis. Leonard liked large  GM products back then. They were usually unregistered and uninsured with the license plates belonging to someone else.     

When Leonard needed gas money he would often snitch out someone who had committed a recent minor crime for a tankful of gasoline. 

It was not unusual to met a St. Louis Police detective at the Amoco station at Skinker and Clayton and hand over some recent mugshots of the Ingrams. 

Leonard's rap sheet must be impressive going back to 1972.  I'm sure it is much longer than Gary's arrest record, because Gary was  a guest of the Department of Corrections for the last 25 years.  

Gary recently completed a 25-year sentence for the death of a man in an arson fire.

     

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