House painter charged with stealing $70,000 in cash, gold coins in Chesterfield | Law and order
CHESTERFIELD • A house painter from St. Louis has been charged with stealing $70,000 in cash and several gold coins from a Chesterfield home.
Robert Primas, 24, of the 6300 block of Arthur Avenue in St. Louis, was charged Thursday in St. Louis County Circuit Court with felony stealing.
Charges say that between Feb. 25 and March 6, Primas swiped the cash and “Liberty Eagle” gold coins from an unlocked safe while he was working inside a home in Chesterfield.
The homeowner confronted the painter about the missing money and coins, and Primas initially denied taking them, charges say. When Chesterfield police later arrested Primas on outstanding warrants, he initially denied the theft but during the drive to the police station, told an officer he could produce some of the missing money and coins.
He then recovered six gold coins and $21,960 in cash that he had been keeping at a friend’s house in St. Louis, charges say. He ultimately admitted to having taken all of the cash from the safe and had given half of it to a friend, charges say.
Bail for Primas was set at $20,000. He was being held Friday at the St. Louis County Jail but a booking photo was not immediately available.