Smash-and-grab thieves drive truck through midtown St. Louis business

Smash-and-grab thieves drive truck through midtown St. Louis business

Smash-and-grab thieves drive truck through midtown St. Louis business

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 11:54 AM

(KMOV) -- Police are investigating after thieves crashed a stolen truck through a business in midtown St. Louis early Monday morning.

According to St. Louis police officers, the suspects backed the truck through the front doors of Sam Light Loans near the intersection of Olive and Jefferson around 4:30 a.m.

The owner of the stolen truck, Gary Thompson, said his neighbor told him several people took off in the truck. Thompson called police and as he was on the phone, the call came in for the smash-and-grab burglary five miles away.

Police and the store’s owner have not been able to determine just what was stolen. The most damage came to the store’s structure.

“It does not look like anything is missing at all,” Sam Light Loans owner Ronnie Light said at the scene. “We put everything away, but like I said, I see there is some damage to the front [of the store]. I saw a flat screen [TV] still up there so evidently if they were looking for that flat screen, they did not get it.”

Officers on the scene believe the truck got “jammed” inside the store, then the suspects fled the scene in a red pickup truck. 

It took more than an hour to pull the Dodge Dakota-Sport pick-up out of the front of the store.

Police were looking into whether the crime was related to a burglary at a St. Louis County liquor store early Monday morning.

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