James Burton Swint, 43, has been charged with second degree robbery after he got out of his car and told the woman he’d shoot her if she didn’t hand over her purse. The incident happened on a weekday afternoon in late October. The woman had just left the parking garage, and was walking on a sidewalk near the Ann Taylor store.
“We have security officers and we know them all really well,” said Carly Smale, an employee at the Galleria said. “They all keep an eye out.”
A crime summary provided by the Richmond Heights Police Department shows several shoplifting incidents, but states that robberies of customers are far less common.
“A lot more thieves are out during this time, even in the neighborhoods,” said St. Louis resident Jessica Colvin. “(They are) breaking into people’s cars, too. So they will definitely be doing it in parking lots.”
Officials with the Galleria say they “utilize exterior and interior patrols as well as an extensive surveillance camera system 24 hours a day.” They also want to remind customers to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
Police say it was thanks to the security cameras that they were able to identify Swint and also say the victim was shaken up, but was not injured during the incident.