Burglars Hit South City Businesses in Wee Hours of Morning

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Burglars shattering glass and making off with cash, cigarettes or laptops are vexing local businesses — at least eight bars and restaurants in South City hit in the past month.

Among the recent break-ins, the Four Hands Brewery just south of downtown where owner Kevin Lemp says a man in a mask stole a 40 pound safe.

“The video that we saw, he looked fairly sophisticated,” Lemp said.

As a result, Lemp says the brewery is tightening its security procedures.

Also hit in recent days, the Gustine Neighborhood Market just south of Tower Grove Park.

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Plywood marks the spot where cigarette burglars smashed the front door of the Gustine Market. (Kevin Killeen/KMOX)

Burglars smashed the front door, barged in and made off with no more than a few packs of cigarettes.

“We think it was just kids,” a clerk said, “They even left a few packs dropped on the floor.”

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Plywood marks the spot where cigarette burglars smashed the front door of the Gustine Market. (Kevin Killeen/KMOX)

Also hit in Tower Grove area — Steve’s Hot Dogs and the adjoining Tick Tock Tavern.

All the break-ins have occurred between 3 and 6 a.m.

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