The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
held a press conference today alerting the public to a rash of smash-and-run burglaries in St. Louis. Since September at least fifteen businesses have been hit inside the city with thieves targeting flat-panel TVs.
Among the businesses victimized was Skybox
, the club owned by Nelly
, Marshall Faulk
and NBA hoopsters Larry Hughes
and Darius Miles
. Thieves made off with televisions during two separate burglaries last year, one occurring in the early fall and another happening last month in December.
Thieves have also targeted F15teen
, the restaurant owned by Cardinals erstwhile outfielder Jim Edmonds
. Edmonds' business partner, Mark Winfield
, says thieves stole one television in a December burglary and broke another two TVs during the heist, throwing a bottle of Grey Goose vodka through the screen of one telly when they could not it pry from the wall.
A full list of the victims -- and some outrageous photos of a thief hurling himself through a window
-- after the jump.
Here's the rundown of businesses that have been hit. Police are encouraging anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.
Photos of the burglary at the Office Depot on Christy Blvd. courtesy of the SLMPD.
- F15teen, 1900 Locust
- Hair of the Dog, 1212 Washington
- J'Breezy Cuts and Styles, 5860 Delmar
- Lumen, 2201 Locust
- National Rent to Own, 8305 Halls Ferry Road
- National Rent to Own, 334 North Sarah
- Office Depot, 4928 Christy Blvd.
- Radio Shack, 3517 Hampton
- Radio Shack, 4220 S. Broadway
- Rasoi, 4569 Laclede Ave.
- Rent-A-Center, 8345 N. Broadway
- Rent-A-Center, 4702 S. Kingshighway
- Sir-B-Que, 5896 Delmar
- Skybox Bar & Grill, 800 N. 3rd
- Tom's Bar & Grill, 20 S. Euclid