Security cameras help police catch suspect in Central West End

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 3 at 10:04 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Security officials in the Central West End credit cameras around the area in helping them catch a suspect accused of armed robbery.

Jim Whyte, head of the Central West End Security Initiative, said the cameras are only one piece of the puzzle that helped investigators find Bria Cotton who is suspected of taking part in an armed robbery Tuesday.

Whyte said the victim, a 44-year-old woman, and witnesses who stepped up to help are the ones who truly helped police track down the suspect.

Police said the victim and witnesses were able to provide police with the suspect’s car description, a blue Pontiac Aztec, and license plate number.

The cameras around the area also helped pick up the Aztex driving through the neighborhood. The Central West End has more than a dozen security cameras and will soon increase that number to more than 90.

Whyte said the testimony and the cameras helped investigators.

“It’s a piece of the puzzle,” said Whyte, “And it puts it all together for the police investigators and the prosecutors.”

Police said the Aztec may have also been involved in three robberies that morning as well. Police said the three robberies happened within three hours. One happened at Goodfellow and Natural Bridge at a bus stop, the second on North Euclid and the third at Forest Park Parkway and Skinker.
 

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