UPDATED 3:08 p.m.

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Three masked gunmen making their getaway from a Crestwood gun store paused to fire four shots through the plate glass window of a nearby store where workers were on the phone trying to call police about the break-in.

Crestwood Police Chief Frank Arnoldy says the burglary at the Southern Armory in 9900 block of Watson Road early Monday morning is worse than other recent gun store break-ins.

“That kind of adds a whole new piece to it that I think all the other ones, so far, have just been burglaries; there’s been no one else involved in it,” he says. “This takes it to a new level.”

Arnoldy says there was also a gun store burglary overnight in the High Ridge area of Jefferson County. And — gun store burglaries in recent weeks in Arnold and Valley Park.

Our previous reporting is as follows:

Crestwood police are investigating a break-in overnight at a gun store on Watson Road.

Detectives from Crestwood are on the phone right now with counterparts from other municipalities to try and determine if this case is connected to other recent gun store break-ins.

This one happened at the Southern Armory. Crestwood police are not commenting on this particular case just yet as they’re trying to gather more information.

Previous break-ins were in Valley Park, Affton and Jefferson County this month. At this time, it is unclear if this break-in on Watson is connected.

We’ll have more information on this story as it becomes available from police.

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