Three more stores hit by smash-and-grab burglars in St. Louis area


by Staff

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 5:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 29 at 4:20 PM

( -- Police say multiple smash-and-grab burglaries happened in St. Louis city and county within two hours of each other early Wednesday morning.

St. Louis County Police reported the first burglary happened at a gas station in Bellefontaine Neighbors after the business’ front door was smashed in around 4:45 a.m. It was not immediately known what was stolen.

The second smash-and-grab happened at the Sally Beauty Supply on West Florissant near I-270 just before 5 a.m. Police were still investigating what was taken in the incident

Police said four men then drove a Dodge Ram truck into the front of Paradise Beauty Supply in the 5800 block of Goodfellow around 5:30 a.m.

The store owner told News 4 the suspects stole a cash register and hair extensions. An employee said one package of hair extensions costs about $500.

The suspects then fled the scene in another truck.

Police in St. Louis city and county said they do not have anyone in custody in connection to the three incidents.

Officers are frustrated because they say the theives are in and out in under a minute; often stealing only a few hundred dollars of merchandise or money, but causing thousands of dollars in damage.

“How quickly someone can enter, grab whatever items is displayed in the window and exit," said Officer Randy Vaughn. "I mean it could be a situation where if it takes thirty seconds you’re lucky.”

The latest string of smash-and-grabs mark at least the 10th such crime in the St. Louis area over the past few weeks.

On Tuesday, thieves stole items from a Central West End Radio Shack after apparently using a truck to ram the cinder-block back of the store.

According to police, the thieves stole several flat-screen televisions and laptop computers totaling more than $1,000 in value.