Owners catch suspect robbing north St. Louis family business on camera

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by Ray Preston / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 7:48 PM

 (KMOV) --  A suspect was caught on camera robbing a north St. Louis business in the early hours of Friday.

The Trojan Iron Works business has been broken into twice over the last two weeks even though the building has heavy steel doors.

On Thursday morning, the owners showed up to find their second-generation family business had once again been broken into as suspects busted in the front door.  After the last robbery, one of the owners reinforced the door.

“They put it to the test again and found a weak spot, I would have guessed it wouldn’t happen, but it did,” said co-owner Eric Lowrey.

Following the last robbery, the brothers set up  a motion sensor camera in the front office allowing them to caught the next incident on film.

The thief made off with a bucket of hand tools, a welder, microwave, and about $1,200 in cash.

In watching the surveillance footage, Lowrey said “I’m like, hey, you’ve got my drill under the arm there...and the torch is under the other arm...you want to say, put it down, that’s my stuff...why are you getting my stuff...I need that...I’m going to have to replace that.”

“There’s gotta be a better way. Life is hard enough for everybody. There’s got to be a better way, you’d feel better earning what you need instead of taking from other people, I just know you would,” said co-owner and brother, Doug Lowrey.

After going through the office and taking what he wanted...the thief took at least one more thing. :It appears he’s looking at the camera and just noticed the camera on the shelf. That’s the last picture we got. The camera was stolen at this point as well.”

The pictures were sent over the internet so even without the camera, the Lowrey brothers were able to see the photos and the suspect pictured in them.

Anyone with information pertaining to this robbery or the suspect pictured is asked to call local police. 

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