ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Lock your cars: St. Louis police reported 17 stolen vehicles and 11 reports of stolen items inside vehicles at five different gas station chains throughout the 2nd district since June.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released a statement Wednesday saying these incidents have increased in recent months in the district. The 2nd district includes neighborhoods like Forest Park, Hi-Point, St. Louis Hills, Shaw, The Hill, Tower Grove and others.
The statement also included video of one of the incidents at an Amoco gas station at 981 Skinker Blvd. near Forest Park on September 29.
The thief in the video gets out of the passenger seat of a car and enters a vehicle while the owner is pumping gas, then drives away. Police said the key fob is left in the car in most of these types of incidents.
BP, QuikTrip, Phillip 66, Amoco and Circle K gas stations have all been targets since the rise of thefts in June. The incidents since June have occurred at 11 separate gas stations.
STLMPD released a list of all of the other locations where similar incidents occurred:
1187 S. Kingshighway Blvd (BP Gas Station)
6901 Hampton (BP)
1514 Hampton Ave (Circle K)
981 S. Skinker Blvd (Amoco)
2707 Mccausland Ave (Circle K)
1615 S. Kingshighway Blvd (QT)
3237 S. Grand Blvd (Phillips 66)
3291 S. Kingshighway Blvd (QT)
2166 Hampton Ave (QT)
3311 Morganford (Phillips 66)
1104 Hampton (BP)
News 4 asked gas station customers today what they thought of the latest incidents involving thefts at local gas stations. Many say they were not surprised. As for what people are doing to keep their valuables safe, especially their cars, most drivers say they are always on alert.
"As soon as I get out of my car, I pop the gas thing and I lock my car doors," St. Louis resident Natalie Roush said. "Then as soon as I get back into my car, I make sure to lock the car door to make sure that there's nobody in my back seat. It's always been a habit of mine."
"I carry a weapon and I keep my wits about me, but no I don't plan on changing anything about going to the gas station," North City resident Robert Vroman said.