Serial business burglar charged with stealing from businesses across South County

Angelo Poole

Angelo Poole

A man St. Louis County police are calling a serial business burglar has been charged with a series of break-ins at gas stations and liquor stores across South County.

County prosecutors on Monday charged suspect Angelo Poole, 30, of the 3300 block of Union Boulevard in St. Louis, 63115. Poole faces seven counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of stealing $750 or more and two counts of stealing under $750. He is being held on $50,000 cash-only bond, no 10 percent.

Angelo Poole

The St. Louis County Police Department notes that charges are only an accusation and the suspect is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

But an officer alleged in a probable-cause statement that between Oct. 18 and Dec. 28, Poole entered seven businesses across the county but mostly located in South County, all listed below, by either breaking a glass door or window.

Once inside, police said Poole took multiple boxes and cartons of cigarettes worth more than $750 from several of the businesses.

Two separate times, the suspect broke into the same business: Star Liquor on Bayless Avenue was broken into Nov. 27 and Dec. 8, and the Phillips 66 at 1210 Lemay Ferry Road was broken into Nov. 16 and Dec. 28.

Police say they have Poole on video surveillance entering the businesses.

All the stores were closed at the time Poole broke in, and the owners or managers of the businesses did not give Poole permission to enter after closing hours, police said.

The stores broken into are:

Dirt Cheap, 1401 Dunn Road in North County on Oct. 18

Phillips 66, 1210 Lemay Ferry Road in Lemay on Nov. 16

BP Gas Station, 8501 Morganford Road in Affton on Nov. 20

Star Liquor, 4221 Bayless Avenue in Affton on Nov. 27

Star Liquor, 4221 Bayless Avenue in Affton on Dec. 8

Garner’s Market, 4301 Seibert Avenue in Affton on Dec. 17

Phillips 66, 1210 Lemay Ferry Road in Lemay on Dec. 28

Detectives from the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Property are leading the investigation.