Police: Robbers took advantage of distracted Cards fans

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KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI) - Police in Kirkwood are looking for a man and a woman who may have broken into as many as sixteen cars.  And they say the pair used the World Series as their diversion.

It happened last Wednesday, the day of Game One of the series.  Police say the pair started in the afternoon, breaking into a pair of cars at the Magic House and stealing, among other things, a debit card.  That was used that day in Jefferson County, but the couple returned that night during the ball game with specific targets:  sports bars.

“That’s an avenue we’re looking at,” Kirkwood Detective Dave Smith said.  “It’s a crime of opportunity.  People were occupied with the ball game and the suspects in this case took advantage of that.”

Smith says the two first hit the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant parking lot on South Kirkwood Road, breaking into eight cars.  After that, they went to P.J.’s Tavern on Jefferson, another popular place to watch ball games, and broke into six more vehicles.

Police say electronics, wallets, and credit cards were the main targets.  And, they say, the targeted vehicles followed a long running pattern for break ins.

“Normally when you see on car break in you see a number of car break ins,” Smith said.  “And normally these are crimes of opportunity where people leave items of value within plain view for thieves to take advantage of.”

Some of the cars were unlocked.  Others had their windows broken out.

The two suspects, a man and a woman, are pictured.  Both are between 25 and 35 years old.  The woman has a “two tone” hair style with blonde on the top, and short dark hair around the back.

The pair used a number of the stolen credit cards in Jefferson County.

If you have any information, call Crimestoppers.  The number is (866)371-TIPS.  You can remain anonymousand there could be a reward.

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