St. Louis County Police release more surveillance video of looters

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis County police are asking the public to help identify more looters who stole from Ferguson-area businesses the night of the grand jury decision.

Last week, FOX 2 showed pictures of 28 looters at the Phillips 66 in north St. Louis County. Thanks to viewers, five of those looters are identified.

On Tuesday, St. Louis County police released surveillance from two more vandalized businesses.

At around 10:30, on the night that grand jury decided not to indict former officer Darren Wilson, three armed men broke into the Crazy Deals liquor store on New Halls Ferry Road.  Seven suspects were caught on surveillance. Employees say they stole liquor, cigarettes and cash.

Around the same time, on West Florissant, night vision cameras were rolling as 12 people broke into the Rehoboth Pharmacy.  Some snatched pricey hair extensions.  "They vandalized whatever they couldn`t take, they broke a lot of display cases," adds pharmacy owner Idowu Ajibola.

Ajibola emigrated from Nigeria in the early 1980s to attend college at SIU Carbondale, then the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.  He achieved his dream of opening this pharmacy 12 years ago.  But now, that dream feels shattered.  He says, "I feel so terrible about what happened. I don`t know how to express it, but I feel terrible. They did a lot of damage."

He says the looters did around $400,000 worth of damage.  And business has plummeted since August.   He fears customers are afraid.  After the looting, the business owner set up a GoFundMe website. But he says the best way to help this business is by shopping there.

Catching the vandals won`t fix the pharmacy`s financial troubles, but Ajibola says it`s a step forward.  St. Louis County Police Officer Shawn McGuire says, "That's their life and those criminals took advantage of the situation, destroyed property, stole property and from a citizen's standpoint, we really hope the citizens help us out by giving us the information."

Ajibola adds, "The people that are doing this probably don`t realize they`re damaging their own community, and their own people."

St. Louis County Police plan to release new surveillance of looters from the night of the grand jury decision every Tuesday.

If you recognize any of the people caught on camera, contact St. Louis County police or Crime Stoppers.

Tips can be anonymous.​

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