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3 arrested in ring that allegedly stole from homes under construction

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Police say they've recovered items that were stolen by members of a ring that stole from homes under construction. Credit: KMOV Police say they've recovered items that were stolen by members of a ring that stole from homes under construction. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

Police have arrested three suspects who are allegedly part of a ring to steal items from homes that under construction or being remodeled.

Authorities say they have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of refrigerators, dishwashers and other appliances. The thieves were careful to not steal too much from any one home, in order to avoid attention from major law enforcement. They were recovered at a warehouse at Anthony Auto Sales in Holly Hills.

The ring stole mainly high-dollar appliances from homes in four counties over three years, police say.

"It's extremely difficult for someone to just come along and take them out from underneath you. That's a painful thing," said Adam Scott, whose business Anchor Masonry has been his livelihood for 30 years. "It has created a burden."

Scott had thousands of dollars of tools stolen last year, which he's hoping are among the items found stashed in the south St. Louis warehouse.

Cyndie Roche of Payne Family Homes praised police for putting an end to the thefts, saying the thieves stole appliances and light fixtures from at least eight of her company's homes; a cost of tens of thousands of dollars. 

"We've recovered some, not much at all. I'm interested to see how many of the tools and things can get back to their rightful owners," she said. "My gosh, it's been nice to know that they've got this taken care of and we can move on with life."

Police are asking anyone who believes they've been victimized by these thieves to call 314-615-4169.

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