Major Case Squad investigating robbery, beating in Town and Country


by Stephanie Baumer / staff

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 7:29 AM

Man found beaten, unconscious following strong armed burglary in Town & Country

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( – The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been activated to assist in the investigation into a robbery that left an elderly man with a head injury.  

"It's a very quiet street nice neighborhood," said Lt. Mike Thompson of the Chesterfield Police Department. "Obviously people are shocked and surprised by it."

According to police, Thomas R. Ruzicka, 60, rents a home in the 12900 block of Thornhill Dr. was found badly beaten and unconscious on Friday at 11:30 a.m.

In 2010, Ruzicka plead guilty to embezzlement charges, admitting to stealing thousands from his employees at Ruzicka Electric. A judge ordered him to repay $96,000.

Court documents also show Ruzicka fell behind on paying taxes and unemployment benefits, but detectives don’t believe his past is linked to the beating.

Authorities also said that the Major Case Squad was called in because of Ruzicka's condition. "His prognosis was less than favorable so in an abundance of caution, Town and Country asked if major case could come and assist them," Thompson said.

Police said a suspect took a black 2005 Ford Explorer along with various electronics from the residence.

The Ford Explorer was found in the 6100 block of Lucille in St. Louis City on Friday night. The electronics are still missing.

The Major Case Squad is announcing a reward being offered by an anonymous donor of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in this case.

Anyone with information relative to the investigation is asked to call (314)432-4697.