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Heroin Addict Charged in String of South St. Louis Robberies

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Merrell Burch, a confessed heroin addict say he needed the money to make the symptoms go away.

Merrell Burch, a confessed heroin addict say he needed the money to make the symptoms go away.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A heroin addict seeking to avoid the pain of withdrawals is believed responsible for eight armed robberies in south St. Louis since Christmas.

The Circuit Attorney’s Office charged 26-year old Merrell Burch Tuesday for one count of Robbery and one count of Attempted Robbery, however more charges are expected.

Police say Burch’s robbed a Subway sandwich shop (4600 block of Chippewa), a Quick Trip (6900 block of Gravois), a Seven-Eleven, Walgreens and a Save-a-Lot store in his one man crime spree. All locations are within a mile and a half radius in south St. Louis.

Burch has confessed that he’s suffering from heroin withdrawals and needed the money to make the symptoms go away. “To avoid that sickness, heroin withdraw common sense goes out the door and they get a new sense of boldness and a new sense of desperation,” said Captain Dan Howard.

Police believe the Affton man may have had a 20 times a day heroin habit, at ten dollars a dose, pushing him from one armed robbery to the next.

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