At least eight south St. Louis bars and restaurants have suffered early-morning break-ins in the last month — although police caution they are not sure if the incidents are related.
The burglaries have largely taken place between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., in an area of the city stretching from Lafayette Square to Midtown to the Central West End and the area near Tower Grove Park. All have involved forced entry — and in some cases, damage to doorways and frames as intruders have battered their way in. In other cases, police say, the burglars removed air-conditioning units to slide in through windows or smashed glass doors to gain entry.In most cases, the burglars have taken cash. But at Gustine Market, they helped themselves to quantities of cigarettes. A safe and a laptop were stolen from 4 Hands Brewery, police say.
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