DELLWOOD, MO (KTVI) - There was a troubling scene early Wednesday as looters busted into a Dellwood gas station and convenience store.
Surveillance video given to us by the Dellwood Mobil Mart owner shows looters throwing a rock through the front door of the business about 1:40am.
Moments later, people rush into the store at West Florissant and Chambers and grab whatever they can.
One person is seen on the surveillance video loading up a trash can with merchandise; another rushes out with a cash drawer.
Owner Phil Hurlbut says this is the third time the store has been looted since the Michael Brown shooting.
“I mean, it’s very frustrating. Why us? What did we do? We’re very good in the community; we do a lot within the community. All of our employees are local here,” Hurlbut said.
We’re told the store is normally open 24 hours a day. But an employee closed up about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night because of the unrest that was happening just down the street on West Florissant. The worker reopened a couple of hours later about 1:30 a.m.
Minutes later, a crowd showed up and the looting started.
In fact, the door that the rock was thrown through wasn’t even locked.
St. Louis County police responded quickly. You can see them on the surveillance video coming into the store with their guns drawn. Officers made five arrests.
Residents are upset with the looters.
“I want y’all to stop looting. It’s time to heal,” said Dellwood resident Tracy Wilson.
Workers spent hours cleaning up the mess left behind by the looters.
Hurlbut says he may pull out because of safety concerns for his workers.
“If it stays like this and this is an ongoing issue, we would probably leave the area,” Hurlbut said.
“I come to this store every day,” Wilson said. “I’d like to continue to come to this store every day. It’s the last gas station we have in this neighborhood. Y’all are destroying y’all community. Stop looting in the neighborhood! Stop looting, period!'
Hurlbut estimates thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was taken. He believes about 30 looters were in the store and everything happened in about four to five minutes.