Several suspects robbed a fireworks business in West Alton Thursday evening. Police said they got away in a car with several children inside. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Two fireworks stands in Missouri were robbed within a matter of hours.
The first robbery occurred at a fireworks tent in the 100 block of Hood Drive in West Alton around 7 p.m. Thursday.
Police said three or four suspects filled several baskets with merchandise and did not pay. After leaving the tent, the suspects tried to leave in a black car and the manager of the business attempted to stop them but was hit by their car as they left. The manager suffered minor injuries.
According to police, the suspects were last seen traveling on Highway 67 towards St. Louis County. Three young children were also reportedly inside the suspects’ vehicle.
Hours later, around 1:30 a.m. Friday, a guard at Fireworks City, located in the area of Highway 61 and Interstate 55 in Festus, was approached by two men who showed a gun and assaulted him. Several gunshots were fired but the guard was not injured.
The suspects then forced the guard to load several fireworks into their car, stole money and drove from the area.
“This is not something that we’ve typically seen in years past,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Department Corporal Matt Moore. “We had an incident in High Ridge last week at a fireworks stand where a fight between an overnight worker and a man who walked into the tent.”