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2 teens arrested for St. Louis County business burglaries; police recover stolen car, guns

Two teens were charged Tuesday with burglary and stealing from several St. Louis County businesses back in December.
Credit: St. Louis County Police Department
Glock, stolen from Denny Dennis Sporting Goods, recovered during teens' arrest

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Two 16-year-olds were arrested Tuesday in connection to a string of business burglaries in St. Louis County that happened back in December.

According to the St. Louis County Police Department, the burglaries occurred on Dec. 6 at the following businesses:

  • Shell Gas Station, 7498 Delmar Blvd.
  • Shell Gas Station, 8835 Natural Bridge Road.
  • Neat Restaurant and Bar, 11208 West Florissant Ave.
  • Conoco, 3675 Dunn Road.
  • Family Dollar, 9882 Halls Ferry Road.
  • Rock Road Car Wash, 7900 St. Charles Rock Road.

A stolen Hyundai Sonata from Calverton Park was used to commit the burglaries, and five stolen firearms - including a Glock taken from Denny Dennis Sporting Goods on Sept. 16 - were recovered during the two teens' arrests on North Newstead Avenue, police said.

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Police said the teens were charged with burglary and stealing from the businesses and were being held in family court as of Thursday.

The investigation was a joint operation between the St. Louis County Police Department's Burglary Unit and St. Louis and Normandy detectives.

Another teen, a 17-year-old, was charged with burglaries that happened on Jan. 5 in the City of St. Louis.

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