Car thefts increasing in The Hill neighborhood -

Car thefts increasing in The Hill neighborhood

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – Car thefts in The Hill neighborhood are up 125 percent.

The latest theft occurred behind Southwest Auto Parts during the middle of the day. Surveillance video shows thieves stealing an employee's parked blue mini-van.

The owner of the auto shop believes the theft was not random.

“They knew and watched and made the call and said ‘ok, come now,'” Joe Barbaglia, the owner of Southwest Auto Parts, said. “When they came they were in and out because they knew how long it takes us to go in, grab the next order and come out.”

In just a few minutes, the crooks took off with the van. The van was recovered two hours later with substantial damage.

No arrests have been made.

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