Police investigating a rash of car break-ins in St. Charles

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - St. Charles police are investigating dozens of car break-in that took place over the weekend in 3 subdivisions.

Police suspect the criminals were looking for easy cash to feed a heroin habit.  Police say they’re watching pawn shops, hoping to catch someone using a stolen credit card.

The break-ins and thefts were concentrated in neighborhoods northwest of Lindenwood University near Droste Road.

So far citizens have made 24 reports of thefts and property damage.

Chris Sokol/St. Charles City Resident:  "I want to say maybe around four to four thirty in the morning between Saturday evening, Sunday morning we had a rash of break-ins around here.  This is the first time I`ve ever gotten any of my stuff broken into and I`ve been here right around 14 years.  Aggravating is exactly what it is. I had 15 dollars in quarters sitting in my ash tray. They didn`t even touch that.”

Capt. Don Thurman/St. Charles City Police: "A variety of property was taken... fishing gear, but mostly it was cash, there was some jewelry. A couple of wallets. Anything of value that was left out, they took."

Max Fowler/ Owner S.W.A.T Auto Glass:  'Primarily it`s been door glasses, a lot of driver doors and passenger doors. The method they`ve been using is either a flat screwdriver or like a pry bar. "