String of car thefts reported in St. Peters

10:59 PM, Sep 9, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PETERS, Mo. (KSDK) - Police are investigating a string of car thefts and break-ins in a part of St. Peters where authorities say such crimes are rare.

Over the past few days just south of Interstate 70 along Salt Lick Road, police report a series of both car break-ins and car thefts. 

In fact, police say two cars were stolen on Sunday in the same neighborhood. They say what makes that unusual is that they might not have 10 stolen cars in the entire city for an entire year.

This is happening in and around the Brookdale neighborhood in St. Peters, but not just in St. Peters. Police say these crimes also stretch into unincorporated St. Charles County - in all, there have been three stolen cars and close to a dozen break-ins. In one case, police say two guns were stolen from a car in a parking lot. 

Neighbors say they want someone caught for these crimes. Police say they need their help. 

"It's scary," St. Peters resident Tom Raciti said. "You figure out here you're safe. That tells you right there you're not safe anywhere." 

"We're doing what we can be stepping up the extra patrols and policing the area, but we need residents to call us when they see something unusual," Officer Melissa Doss with St. Peters police said

A neighbor recorded video of one of the thefts from a security camera and turned it over to police. They say it shows the suspects possibly driving a dark SUV but also say it, too, could be stolen and already dumped.

Two of the stolen cars were recovered in the city of St. Louis and the other nearby in O'Fallon, Missouri say police.


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