Police Chase Ends; Car Full of Stolen Goods Recovered
PINE LAWN, MO (KTVI) – Multiple police departments are trying to figure out if several overnight crimes are at all connected.
Among the crimes–stolen cars, car break-ins and smash and grabs.
Police hope revealing surveillance video may help make their case.
One of the crimes happened Moe`s Market in north St. Louis around 3:30am Tuesday morning.
Surveillance video provided to us by the owner of the store on North Union shows a person tampering with a surveillance camera.
A short time later, police say a white Jeep Grand Cherokee rams into the front door and three people rush inside.
Investigators tell us a total of four suspects steal cell phones and cigarettes.
Investigators are trying to figure out if those suspects are involved with two other overnight crimes.
Around 12:30am in the morning, surveillance video shows one person smashing in the front door of a University City Subway on Olive.
That suspect makes off with the cash drawer which had money in it.
About an hour later, someone shattered the glass at a Subway in nearby Olivette.
But police say nothing was taken.
Then about 5:30am in the morning, Pine Lawn police chased a stolen red Jeep Cherokee into north city.
The car crashed into a tree in an alley on Maffitt Avenue and four suspects got away.
Pine lawn cops found many items inside the jeep which they believe might have been stolen including purses, car stereos, cigarettes and cell phones.
The owner of Moe`s Market tells us he thinks the cigarettes and cell phones were stolen from his store.
Meanwhile, Pine Lawn police say investigators believe people inside the red Cherokee might be connected to other crimes.
Among them; car break-ins earlier in the night on Washington Avenue and another stolen car early in the morning in North County.
“‘These gentlemen are extremely dangerous. They stole a vehicle, they`re committing burglaries like it`s no big deal, they`re trying to run police off the road, they`re driving recklessly trying to flee the police- they have total disregard for anybody`s safety and the police safety,” said sergeant Steven Blakeney with Pine Lawn police.