Retired officer's gun stolen during string of car break-ins on The Hill
By KMOV Web Producer
(KMOV)-- An unknown number of suspects are on the loose after breaking into over a dozen vehicles and stealing a gun from one of them in south St. Louis.
Police say the first round of break-ins occurred on April 9 around 11:00 p.m. in “The Hill” neighborhood.
Vandals broke into five vehicles in a parking lot across the street from Cunnetto’s on Magnolia. Police say they either smashed windows or punched the locks to gain entry. Each of the five vehicles had been ransacked, but no items were reported stolen.
Days later, nine cars were allegedly broken into in a parking lot across the street from Colombo’s at Manchester and Mitchell in the early morning hours of April 15.
The vehicles’ windows were smashed. Nothing was taken from eight of the vehicles, but the suspects did manage to find a gun in one of them, which was an off-duty weapon belonging to a retired St. Louis police officer. Officials have not yet recovered the gun.