A prostitute helped two men rob a Wentzville man during an encounter at his home, police said.
Wentzville police said Teneisha L. Scales, 28, went to an address in the 3500 block of Big Bear Court in Wentzville Aug. 23 to meet with a client. Scales is an admitted prostitute, according to a court document.
Scales arrived at about 8:30 p.m. and parked in the man’s secure garage. Scales and the man went into the master bedroom for sex. About five minutes later, two men entered the room and struck the man in the face with a pistol, cutting the man’s face, police said.
Scales, of the 500 block of Brown Street in Florissant, was charged Tuesday with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and felonious restraint.
The two men tied the resident on the bed and threatened to kill him. When the man was tied up, the two men took Scales and tied her up in the living room. For an hour, the two men stole items from the home, including five firearms, money, jewelry and electronics.
When the men left the residence, they took cell phones from Scales and the man and left in Scales’ vehicle.
The man untied himself, flagged down a motorist and asked him to call police. When police arrived, they found no signs of forced entry, but the man insisted all doors had been locked.
Police said Scales was uncooperative and gave a false description of her car. She told police she had a black Chevrolet, but actually drove a blue Ford Fusion.
One day later, Scales told investigators there was a GPS tracker on her car, and police found the Fusion in the city of St. Louis Aug. 24. Three people were in the car, including Reginald J. Harris.
Harris told police Scales gave him the car that morning and was friends with Scales and her family. He denied involvement in the robbery.
Scales told police she did know Harris, but denied involvement in the robbery. She said Harris was not one of the men involved in the robbery.
However, police said cell phone records indicate numerous calls between Harris’ and Scales’ cell phones on Aug. 23, including four calls in which both phones were near the robbery victim’s home. One of those calls took place shortly before the robbery, according to a court document.
Police said Scales continued being evasive during an interview on Monday, but eventually told police that Harris asked her if she knew someone he could rob. She admitted giving Harris the victim’s address and told Harris the man had a big house.
Scales denied knowing when Harris was going to rob the victim.
Police said they believe Scales was directly involved in planning and executing the robbery.
Scales was charged Tuesday with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and felonious restraint. A warrant was issued Tuesday for her arrest. Bail was set at $35,000, cash only.