Police increase patrols after burglary wave

Pictured above: Thieves used one of these prosthetic leg casts outside Medcuro to break into the tailor next door. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

By Gloria Lloyd
News Editor
glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com 

The businesses broken into in a string of burglaries in South County last week include an animal hospital, a car dealership, a car tire business and a dry cleaner, and police are asking the public for video to find the person or people responsible.

A key link in all six smash-and-grab burglaries, which appear to be related, is that thieves made off with small sums of around $10 at each business.

The break-ins happened between 12:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. July 30, all with forced entry.

Various amounts of money were stolen from each business, but the amounts reported were paltry sums of $11 from Tailor’s Boutique and single digits at some of the other businesses.

The businesses include:

South County Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram – 7127 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Concord Cleaners – 11415 Concord Village Ave.

Concord Animal Hospital – 11705 Baptist Church Road

Auto Tire – 11711 Baptist Church Road

Tailor’s Boutique – 9951 Lin Ferry Drive

Medcuro Orthotics and Prosthetics – 9959 Lin Ferry Drive

The St. Louis County Police Department said it is adjusting manpower in the area to conduct extra patrols and working with the affected businesses.

Police are also asking for the public’s help with any surveillance or video images they may have from the area between midnight and 4:30 a.m.

Medcuro and Tailor’s Boutique, a sewing and alterations shop, are in a strip mall across from the Fresh Thyme Farmers Market grocery store close to Concord Village Avenue and Baptist Church Road, where the other burglaries happened.

When the thieves couldn’t get into the back of the tailor shop, they used prosthetic leg casts stored outside behind Medcuro to break the glass at the tailor next door.

Police are not yet sure if they are looking for one person or multiple suspects.

Other burglaries in the area have happened this summer too. Heyde Sewing Machine Company was burglarized in June, with an expensive sewing machine taken. And in July, Al’s South County Radiator and Auto Tire on Lemay Ferry was broken into. The Al’s thieves took $4.