At times during the two-hour hearing, Dotson admitted the obvious – that the crime rate in St. Louis has outpaced the ability of the existing police force to keep up.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says car thieves are going shopping for free cars on these cold mornings.
The murder rate continues its dramatic rise in the city of St. Louis in the latest crime report.
Police say that so far this year, there have been 20 more burglaries and five more robberies in the neighborhood.
Alderwoman Jennifer Florida says there’s been a bump in burglary and a spike in car theft in Tower Grove South since hot-spot policing came to an end.
Brazen criminals in the Springfield, Mo. area are now behind bars after over half a dozen burglaries that began last August.
Police say two more Caseyville teens are accused of breaking into homes and cars.
Charges have been filed and bond set for three suspects, Belleville police say.
Anna Messmer suspected of burglarizing homes in Fenton & High Ridge.
Rash of burglaries in rural Madison County target electronics, guns.