Police resources stretched by CWE robberies, north St. Louis shootings

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A string of robberies in the Central West End and shootings on the north side have police stretching their resources to fight crime.

After 23-year-old Megan Boken was shot and killed last summer in the Central West End, police have beefed up patrols. Five months later, Capt. James Moran say the same number of officers still patrol that neighborhood.

"In fact, I still have a car that's assigned there to patrol that area, and he's out there almost every evening," said Capt. Moran.

Still, robberies continue in the Central West End. Most recently, a woman was getting out of her car on Maryland Avenue when a suspect pointed a gun at her, then stole her purse and cell phone.

Capt. Moran said officers are also increasing patrols in north St. Louis, where four people were shot last Friday.

"And because there's been some over there, there's heightened alert," said Capt. Moran. "We're putting some resources over there -- investigators trying to solve crimes."

Some city residents told News 4 that despite recent crimes in the Central West End, they feel resources should be focused on the north side.

"Just having that presence around, figuring out when and where incidents occur is definitely something that's important," said one city resident.

Police have arrested the man they say is responsible for three robberies last week in the Central West End. Capt. Moran said they will continue to watch crime trends and move officers as needed.

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