Police search for Fenton pawn shop burglar

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) - A Fenton pawn shop is burglarized by a thief who may think he disabled the store`s security camera.

But he did not, so everything, including some clear pictures of the thief's face was caught on video.

It was about 1:05 am Wednesday morning when a man showed up looking through the front window at Fenton Pawn and Jewelry in the 400 block of Gravois in Old Town Fenton.

Then man seems to notice the security camera and walks out of the shot. Seven minutes later, he can be seen coming back and throwing something at the lens.  But it continued to work.

About two minutes later, he throws something to break the window setting off the alarm. Then curiously, he waits four minutes before running inside, jumping over five foot high security bars.

Within 25 seconds he grabs a tray of diamond stud earrings and runs back out of the store, jumping over the bars and slipping on the broken glass. He drops the earrings and then gathers them back.

Apparently he cut his hands on the glass because blood can be seen across the street on a fence he jumped while making his getaway.

The security camera also shows the lights of the responding St. Louis County Police car less than 30 seconds later after the thief ran out of the shop.

The officer chased the burglar on foot but he got away in a white Chevy Impala parked at a gift shop across the street.

'It was a lot of diamond studs and we recovered probably half of them,' said employee Jim Huber. 'He dropped them in an attempt to escape when he saw the police pull up. All he was concerned with was getting away and he left the loot laying over behind the nursing home.'

According to the police report, the thief stole 19 pairs of earrings, worth $4,000. It does not specify how many were recovered.

He also got away with a Gucci watch.

Huber thinks the thief may have known what he was going after because the earrings were not visible from the sidewalk.

He also says the owner thinks the man looks familiar.

Anyone with information on the burglary and the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

(Source: St. Louis County Police Department)

(Source: St. Louis County Police Department)