ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Some re-gifted Christmas presents end up leading St. Louis police to a couple of suspects in a string of armed robberies.
St. Louis police think they have found the two men responsible for five recent armed robberies is south St. Louis, two of them in the 3100 block of Meramec.
But it was a heartless burglary nine days before Christmas that led them to the suspects.
On December 16th, a pair of robbers broke into a home in the 4600 block of South 37th Street and stole a couple`s Christmas presents then the thieves gave them as presents to their own family and friends.
But one woman apparently didn`t like the watches she got, so she pawned them.
And that eventually led police back to 18-year-old Alando Jones and 23-year-old Joseph Robinson.
But during the investigation, detectives discovered the car allegedly driven by the suspects in the burglary matched the description of the car some victims said was used by the armed robbers. And that once again led police back to Jones and Robinson, later positively identified by victims who were shown their mug shots.
Police say almost all the robbery victims had one thing in common.
The suspects are charged with multiple counts of robbery and armed criminal action.
Police believe they may be responsible for several other recent armed robberies.
All the people who received the stolen items as gifts gave them back to the police who then gave them back to the burglary victims.