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South City restaurants, bars the target of recent crime

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Tick Tock Tavern. Credit: KMOV Tick Tock Tavern. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

Shaun and Paul Cook have noticed something about Tower Grove East since moving from Chicago last week.

"There is a lot of the same stuff happening in our neighborhood there and a lot of the same tenor," said Cook.

Cook believes none of it is enough to freak out.

"You want to be vigilant no matter what you do. But don't be afraid to leave the house," added Cook.

Over the weekend, an armed robber held up Riley's Pub on Arsenal. Monday night, there was an attempted break-in at Tick Tock Tavern on Magnolia. Recently, thieves hit the Nicaraguan restaurant Fritanga, located on Jefferson.

"We want customers to feel secure and safe when they come to your establishment. It hurts your pocket every time they come to your business and destroy something," said business owner Orlando Hidalgo.

It's the reason Ward 6 Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and other South City leaders are meeting with city police Wednesday.

"I think it would make sense, to an extent possible, we would have increased patrols in the area and an opportunity for businesses to decide if they want to add cameras or have security on their own," said the alderwoman.

Even after being hit three times. Hidalgo refuses to take his business out of South City.

"I get a lot of support from the neighborhood, the city and students of St. Louis," added Hidalgo.

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