Police seek 8 in connection to overnight car break-ins

6:12 PM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
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By Alex Fees

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - On Sunday night crooks hit five different spots in the city, breaking into and burglarizing cars.

The locations include seven cars on Olive, four on Pine, and six on Second Street.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says there were three separate pockets of larcenies right around midnight. The suspects broke into as many as 18 vehicles. Investigators say they were riding in two cars; a stolen red Chevy Impala, and a silver Dodge king cab pick-up truck.

Laptops, purses, stereo equipment, and clothing were stolen.

"Around eight individuals were occupying those two vehicles. And they would swarm a parking lot, break into a vehicle, everybody would get back in and take-off," said Chief Dotson.

He said the police department has a saying: "park smart."

"Criminals are opportunistic," said Dotson. "And they take the opportunity to break into vehicles. If they don't see something of value they'll move onto the next vehicle."

Tips from the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professioanl Registration:

- Consumers should file a police report as their earliest possible convenience.  If they determine they want to file a claim with their insurance company, the company will ask for a copy of the police report.

- An auto insurance policy does not cover property that may have been stolen from a vehicle. Those items are typically covered under the insured's homeowner's or renter's policy. Factors such as the deductible, and if the theft of the stolen property was significantly higher than the deductible should be taken into consideration when determining whether or not to file a claim. The consumer may be required to turn in proof of ownership documents for their property (i.e. - receipts, manuals, etc.).

- Insurance companies cannot cancel a consumer mid-term for making a claim; however, they can non-renew a policy at the time of your regularly scheduled renewal.

- If consumers have insurance questions or want to file a complaint, they can call the department's Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or visit insurance.mo.gov.


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