Local police raid home filled with items stolen from area construction sites

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by Lindsay Bramson / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 10:20 PM

 (KMOV)—News 4 was on the scene as police raided a house allegedly used to stash thousands of dollars worth of stolen stuff on Thursday. There officers found all kinds of appliances in the south St. Louis house which is under construction.

James Butler is behind bars accused of the thefts. News 4 has learned this could be just the tip of a much bigger theft ring in the area.

A neighbor watched as two men stole more than $6,000 worth of appliances from the house next door, currently under construction. Refrigerators, microwaves and stoves were stolen right out of a Jefferson County garage.

Byrnes Mill Police Chief Mike Smith said, “He then took us to an abandoned building in St. Louis city where we recovered items down there with him.”

Police said the thieves used an abandoned house to hide all the goods. The suspect even told police, his intention was to sell the parts for cash.

Chief Smith said, “that’s what he does, he just drives around and looks at construction sites and when he sees items in the garage, he’ll come back that night and take the items.”

The items may have been recovered but they’re damaged, leaving at least one family out thousands of dollars.

However police believe there could be more victims and want the second suspect caught before he strikes again.

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