Police chasing suspects that have robbed 40 gas stations

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TOWN & COUNTRY, MO (KTVI) - Police hope to end a crime spree involving bottles of liquor and cartons of cigarettes.  Investigators in St. Charles say 40 gas stations and liquor stores have been targeted throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.  Town & Country Police released surveillance photos from a Friday night robbery at the Phillips 66 at Clayton and Woodsmill Rd.

“The concern is we don’t want it to become violent,” said Lt. Chad Fisk, St. Charles Police Department.  “We don’t want any weapons introduced.”

Fisk says the suspects have not indicated they’ve been armed.  He says they grab liquor bottles, ask for cartons of cigarettes and then head out the door without paying.  Police say the thieves nearly struck an innocent bystander during on recent theft.

Police have identified the suspects’ vehicle as a red, Dodge Avenger.  Fisk says it’s possible there is damage to the passenger side of the Avenger.

Police believe the crime spree began in September and has extended into December.   Fisk says the number of thefts has increased in recent weeks.  St. Charles Police are investigating 11 thefts in their jurisdiction.

“Right now they are just misdemeanor offenses, but they are happening more frequently,” said Fisk.

He encourages anyone with information about the suspects to contact the St. Charles Police at 636-949-3300 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).

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