1 suspect arrested, 1 at-large after 2 St. Charles Co car dealer - KMOV.com


1 suspect arrested, 1 at-large after 2 St. Charles Co car dealership break-ins

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James Jackson Jr. (Credit: St. Louis County Jail) James Jackson Jr. (Credit: St. Louis County Jail)

ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) – Police say one of two armed thieves who broke into two St. Charles County auto dealerships was arrested.

Thieves armed with guns busted into two different St. Charles County dealerships in the early morning on April 21.

Surveillance footage captured the thieves in the act.

At the first dealership hit, Geoff Rogers Dealership in St. Peters, one thief had his gun already drawn.

The first incident was almost identical to the second at O’Fallon Motorsports Pinnacle Automotive, which is down the road from Geoff Rogers Dealership, where the thieves struck first.

“They threw a rock through this window, so glass is everywhere. They tried to pry this window open which I don’t understand because all of the security features, you’re not going to get them anywhere,” said Rocky Hauhe with Pinnacle.

In the video footage, the thieves appear to be the same two men with their guns drawn.

Matt, an employee at Geoff Rogers Dealership said, “They grabbed a couple of keys but we secure our lot at night so they couldn’t get to the cars.”

At Pinnacle, they appeared to get frustrated not being able to open the garage door, so they turned to their guns.

“They literally shot holes in the building, trying to get this lock off the garage door. The keys as actually in it at the time,” said Hauhe.

The keys were also in a Corvette. Hauhe thinks they might not have known how to drive a stick.

For the second time, the thieves left empty handed.

But the thieves left plenty behind. The bullets have been collected as evidence and their faces are on surveillance cameras.

The two victims are wondering why the thieves even bothered.

James Jackson Jr. is one of the men caught on camera. Police say Jackson admitted to the burglaries as well as another similar crime in Bridgeton.

Anyone with information regarding the second suspect is urged to call O’Fallon or St. Peters police.

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