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Neighborhood security cameras help solve crimes in Central West End

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Four women have been robbed at gunpoint in the Central West End but suspects have been tracked down within hours, thanks to a community tool. (Credit: KMOV) Four women have been robbed at gunpoint in the Central West End but suspects have been tracked down within hours, thanks to a community tool. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Four women have been robbed at gunpoint in the Central West End according to police, but suspects have been tracked down within hours, thanks to a community tool.

Crisp surveillance video from neighborhood cameras helped put two of the men believed to be responsible for the robberies behind bars.

The Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative is grateful for fast police work.

“We were able to get police the video of the suspects and the vehicle they were in shortly after the incident,” said Jim Whyte, the Executive Director of the CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative.

Whyte said their network of cameras is starting to pay off and that these three crimes across the neighborhood were solved within hours.

On Saturday, a 67-year-old woman was robbed while walking to a bus stop along Delmar just after 3:00 p.m.

Later that evening, a 50-year-old woman’s purse was taken at gunpoint while she was walking near Olive and Sarah Streets.

At least one of the 91 HD neighborhood cameras that record 24/7 caught images of the suspect Mark Jackson, according to Whyte.

News 4 asked for the video, but the group didn’t want to share it since police are investigating.

The third incident happened Tuesday afternoon, two women’s purses were taken at gunpoint in the busier area near Euclid and Maryland.

Within hours, Deeondrea Griffin was arrested.

Whyte said that they are pleased with the footage and officers getting results. However, he’s concerned that both men are on probation.

“He’s been to prison for robbery before so it’s just a huge disappointment that whatever time spent in the Correctional Department in the state of Missouri doesn't seem to be time well spent, we've seen this over and over,” Whyte said.

Police are still searching for a woman suspected in one of the robberies.

Whyte told News 4 that police are working with the U.S. Attorney to get stiffer sentences so that convicted criminals won’t get out and victimize again.

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