Saturday, June 26, 2010

South County police ease concerns

By Lisa Watson, St. Louis Globe Democrat

The St. Louis County Police Department South County Precinct held a public meeting on June 24 at Grace Union Church on Union Road.

The precinct is also performing “special enforcement,” Monteleone said. One such effort took place on June 10 and June 11, during which time the precinct made 196 traffic stops, issued 93 citations and arrested 36 individuals.

Police said much of the theft in the area is motivated by drug addiction. Heroin is a problem throughout the region, they said.

Police warned residents against these other crimes, all of which have been on the rise lately:

Thefts of lawn mowers and equipment from garages that are left open,

Thefts of catalytic converters from cars in large parking lots,

Thefts of power tools from hardware stores such as Home Depot and Lowes.

Police said $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was recently recovered near the England Town subdivision in Oakville, after a young resident saw someone pushing a lawn mower down the street for no apparent reason.

Another $80,000 in lawn equipment was recently recovered after being taken from hardware stores in the South County precinct, police said. The suspects who were arrested were from Cahokia, Ill., and were addicted to heroin and crack, police said.

About 50 residents came to the meeting at Grace Union Church on Union Road. The precinct plans to hold similar meetings every six months.

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