ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police are investigating car break-ins at entertainment venues over the weekend. At Enterprise Center on Sunday, January 22, some people said they were taking extra measures because of the recent break-ins before heading to the Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock show.
“I park where it’s 20 bucks. I think the 20 bucks is where you should park,” Andres Broussard explained. “I mean, maybe you get a rental car, and it’s not a big deal, but if it’s your car, a $750 window, oh, $20, not so bad.”
For Broussard, the cost of parking in a garage is much less of a headache than worrying about a break-in.
“You have to pay to park. That’s just the cost you have to factor in. With the ticket, going out to dinner, all that stuff costs, you have to pay. There’s no free ride. Even with parking, if you want it to be secure and safe,” he shared.
St. Louis police are looking into break-ins at The Grove, Delmar Hall, and City Foundry. While looking into break-ins at The Foundry, police say they heard gunshots in a parking lot. They shared that a person leaned out of a car and fired a rifle in the direction of three teens and two officers. The teens took off running.
When officers caught up with the teens, a police spokesperson explained that they found two handguns, one of which had been reported stolen. One of the guns also had an auto sear, which turns the handgun into a fully automatic weapon.
Millions of dollars have been invested in the redevelopment of the old Foundry property. It includes a food hall, retail shops, and live music.
Multiple cars were damaged in the parking lot. Some people think more security is needed at the new development in Midtown.
Police said juvenile court authorities advised officers to release the three boys to their parents.
City Foundry released the following statement early Monday afternoon:
The safety and security of our guests and tenants at City Foundry is our top priority. We are grateful no one was injured during this isolated incident, and we appreciate the efforts of the officers of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for their quick response. We will continue to cooperate with the police department and city leaders regarding this incident.
In the meantime, Alderwoman Tina Pihl (Ward 17) is calling for change following the shots being fired and vehicles being damaged outside City Foundry.
It says in part: “I am calling for a conference with all the stakeholders now – the office of the mayor, the police department, the board of alderwomen and aldermen and of course the citizens. We need a joint conference of all the stakeholders and to decide how we are going to move forward together immediately to address this crisis in our city. We cannot continue to have the safety of our citizens imperiled, and we must work together to bring St. Louisans the peace we all need and deserve.
City police are also looking into other car break-ins from over the weekend in The Grove and Delmar Hall.