Are break-ins in other parts of town connected to events in Ferguson?

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by Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 11:07 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Since the riots and looting in Ferguson began, several other robberies have been taking place in municipalities outside of Ferguson, causing concern among residents.

Headz N Threadz in the Delmar loop was hit by looters who shattered a business front window with a brick. They then grabbed hats and other miscellaneous merchandise and ran out through the same window.

“I really don’t know what to think,” said Jon Brunts, owner of Headz N Threadz.

In south St. Louis, criminals traveled by car loads and smashed into business store fronts, running off with clothes and shoes from The Shoe Carnival.

In Brentwood, police said they caught five young men running out of True Runner with their arms full of running shoes, and four of those five were charged for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

It is unclear if the riots and looting in Ferguson are connected with these robberies.

Major Jim McIntyre of the Brentwood Police said some businesses are on alert and concerned they could be the next target. However, he said robberies happen with some regularity throughout the St. Louis area, independent of the recent unrest in Ferguson. 

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