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Police say arresting all the looters during Ferguson riots may take years

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By Adam McDonald By Adam McDonald
By Adam McDonald By Adam McDonald
By Adam McDonald By Adam McDonald

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – For more than a month St. Louis County Police have released surveillance videos of looting that occurred in Ferguson and Dellwood in the months of August and November. Despite clear images of hundreds of suspects, police have arrested zero people.

On the night of November 24, nearly 40 business were looted and surveillance cameras captured many of the people responsible.

“You’re talking hundreds, maybe thousands of people,” explained Sgt. Brian Schellman with the St. Louis County Police.

Police turned to the public for help identifying the suspects.

“Somebody out there knows them,” said Sgt. Schellman. There are clear images of hundreds of looters but so far police have only identified a tiny fraction.

“I know it's around a dozen or a little more at this point,” he explained. Of those 12, zero have been arrested. Sgt. Schellman says part of that is simply locating the suspects.

The police say this is an unprecedented amount of work and on top of their regular case load, they're struggling to keep up.

“That’s where the dilemma lies. You only have so many detectives on these cases. They’re scouring through hours and hours of footage,” Schellman explained.

Sgt. Schellman says this investigation could take years and that’s why they so desperately want people to take a look at these videos.

“Some of these people may be out-of-towners that we never find, but we do know that somebody out there knows these people and we just hope those people step forward.”

 

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