34 Semi-Automatic Guns Stolen in Affton Pawn Shop Burglary


As many as ten people helped steal a cache of weapons from Southside Pawn and Jewelry. - IMAGE VIA GOOGLE STREETVIEW
  • As many as ten people helped steal a cache of weapons from Southside Pawn and Jewelry.

Early Sunday morning, a team of thieves carried out a coordinated gun heist in south St. Louis County, authorities say.

A burglar alarm at 1:10 a.m. alerted St. Louis County police who dispatched officers to Southside Pawn and Jewelry, 8101 Gravois Road. A window on the west side of the building had been shattered, and chunks of concrete lay on the ground. But if the entry was a little crude, the rest of the heft was surprising in its coordination.

Police say as many as ten people in at least six cars, all working in concert, unloaded 34 semi-automatic weapons — 32 handguns and two rifles — from the sprawling pawn shop before escaping.

That's a significant amount of firepower to disappear into the night, and county police are working the case with the help of federal agents from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

They ask anyone with information to call the police department at 636-529-8210 or, to remain anonymous and potentially collect a reward, CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477 (TIPS).

  • Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get the latest on the news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.