Rash of car break-ins escalates near Lindenwood University - KMOV.com

Rash of car break-ins escalates near Lindenwood University

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Police in St. Charles are searching for a man responsible for a dozen car break-ins sometime in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Surveillance video captured a suspect riffling through cars in the 100 block of N. Kingshighway. Captain Don Thurman with the St. Charles Police Department says the suspect took things like sunglasses, money and bags from both locked and unlocked vehicles.

“I checked my car and my wife's car out in the back and it looked like the glove compartment had been rifled through,” said Andy Bourne.

Bourne and his wife had their cars unlocked but his neighbor did not and the thief used a rock to smash through the driver's window.

“It was this chunk of concrete in my yard that they found inside his car this morning,” Bourne said.

Down the street, Michael Alderson had a dumbbell thrown through his driver's window.

“I was surprised because we've been pretty vigilant to keep our doors locked, parking under street lights, not keep anything of value in the car,” said Alderson.

That's because there have been more than two dozen car break-ins in the area over the last two months.

“We can't say that it's definitely the same person, but it's very possible.  It's the same area, the same time of night, and the thefts are the same,” said Capt. Thurman.

The thefts happened on the streets surrounding Lindenwood University.

Police are looking for additional surveillance video that might give a better look at the suspect's face. Anyone with information is asked to call St. Charles Police Department.
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