West County residents concerned about increasing car thefts | St. Louis News Headlines

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — A automotive theft was caught on digital camera in West County Thursday. It occurred within the early morning hours within the 1500 Block of Forest Springs Drive close to Ballwin. Nevertheless, police say this is not only a one-time incident. 

“Round 5 within the morning, two males got here strolling into that yard, hit a few vehicles within the col-de-sac. One walked in there, took the automotive, backed out of the driveway, and the opposite man got here out working, hopping within the automotive, and so they took off down the road,” Andrew Stewart defined. 

Stewart lives throughout the road from the place the automotive was stolen. His automotive, together with others on Forest Springs Drive, had been additionally damaged into. “They broke into my automotive and stole $5 value of quarters,” Stewart mentioned. 

The automotive stolen has since been recovered, nevertheless this incident is not distinctive. St. Louis County police inform Information 4, 11 vehicles within the West County precinct have been stolen since Might 16, 2021. Throughout St. Louis County, 141 vehicles have been stolen within the final month.

“It is regarding to everyone I might assume,” Scott Bernstein mentioned. 

Bernstein additionally lives on the road the place Thursday’s automotive theft occurred. He says everybody has been on edge since. 

“Positively including some safety cameras in. Simply one other layer of safety,” Bernstein mentioned. “I imply, the extra we will see one another’s areas and type of look out for one another, the higher off we’re gonna be.”

Bernstein and Stewart each say it is solely a matter of time till the thieves are caught within the act and somebody turns violent. “Hopefully we will cease a few of this earlier than somebody really will get shot,” Bernstein mentioned.

Neighbors on Forest Springs inform Information 4 they have been staying on excessive alert for the reason that incident occurred. The sometimes quiet neighborhood now has residents questioning their very own property and private security. 

“It is one thing my spouse and I talked about final evening after [the incident]. For added safety, I might put one outdoors the storage proper the place it’s and get some video of what is going on on,” Bernstein mentioned. 

No suspects have been arrested presently for Thursday’s incident. St. Louis County police say the investigation remains to be ongoing.

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