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City cameras installed to spot illegal trash dumping catching criminals in the act

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- St. Louis city wants more surveillance cameras, and to prove they’re worth it, they’re showing off the criminals they’ve caught red-handed.

The purpose of the cameras was originally to catch people illegally dumping in city neighborhoods. But it turns out they’re catching a lot more than that.

After a drug deal in a north St. Louis neighborhood, a man holding a gun could be seen on surveillance camera walking down an alley with two others.

“We actually had a detective crew request us to check a camera for possible burglars in a neighborhood where they were having a lot of burglaries,” said Sgt. Ron Hasty St. Louis City Trash Task Force

Sure enough, the car and suspects caught on camera were going through the alley the same day the burglaries were committed.

“We’re identifying these people and getting them off the street,” said Hasty.

There are currently 125 cameras installed city-wide. The plan is to put up at least 75 more.

“It’s working out well because we’re catching more than just what we were fishing for,” said Hasty.

And while the cameras cost $500,000, the city says it’s money well spent.

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