Police in Wildwood seek public's help to identify serial home burglar

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by KMOV.com Staff | @KMOV

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Posted on December 9, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 11:40 PM

 (KMOV) – Police in Wildwood have good reason to believe the man behind a home break-in caught on tape is connected to several burglaries in the St. Louis County area.

The suspect was seen on video taking jewelry and guns from houses in a Wildwood neighborhood.

Detectives with the St. Louis County Police say the break-ins took place during the day with the most recent incident reported days ago.

Home surveillance video gave a clear shot of a young man walking on the back deck of a home on Clayton Road and Sundowner Ridge, wearing a dark-colored hoodie.

Police say during the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day, he entered the home and allegedly stole jewelry, flatware, and three firearms. He was seen leaving through one of the doors.

Police say he used a crowbar to get inside the home.

"We've lived here since 1980. Totally safe. I'm very surprised at what you just read to me,” said a neighbor.

Neighbors were stunned to hear about break-ins in this area.

 On December 2, a man, fitting this description, was seen trying to enter a home on Taylor Pointe Court while a resident was inside.

It’s an area where neighbors report a regular police presence.

“They really try to protect the neighborhood, especially from speeders. But this is the first time I've ever heard about anybody ever really breaking in. We've never had that before. I've lived here 29 years,” said resident, Mitch Baden.

Police are still investigating a break in on Black Friday after a man was seen leaving a residence near Monarch Hill Drive and Wild Horse Creek, carrying a pillowcase.

If you can help police identify the man seen in the surveillance video, you are asked to contact St. Louis County authorities.

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