- Helen Denson: those scratcher tickets hold a powerful sway over some folks.
Helen Denson, 41, has been charged with a slate of crimes following her alleged gas station theft and high-speed chase through St. Charles County early Tuesday morning.
According to St. Peters Police, Denson wrapped a gray scarf around her face and then stuck up the BP gas station at 150 Salt Lick Road with a rifle, demanding cash and lottery tickets. The station employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and at least $200 worth of scratch-off tickets, at which point Denson fled in a four-door car.
A St. Peters police officer later spotted a car on I-70 that matched the description the BP clerk gave of the robber's getaway vehicle. That officer hit his lights, attempting to pull over the car. Instead the driver gunned it, topping 100 mph at times.
Police say the highway was mostly deserted because of the hour, which undoubtedly kept the chase from having a tragic end. Denson was eventually apprehended on North Second Street in St. Charles after she lost control of her car.
Denson has been charged with first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and resisting arrest. She's being held on a $100,000 bond. She better hope one of those scratchers is a big-money winner.