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Weird Crime: Burglar Foils Unsecure Security Camera

A roundup of odd, unusual and head-scratching crimes in the St. Louis area.

Burglar Foils Unsecure Security Camera

A burglar turned around a security camera and apparently deleted any potentially incriminating images Jan. 7 at a Fenton home after breaking into the residence by using a landscaping stone to break the front entry door sidelight. A coin collection was stolen. The homeowner told a sheriff's deputy she had left home at approximately 5:20 p.m. Upon her return said she observed the left front door side light was shattered and most of the glass removed, according to the deputy's report. Due to three previous burglaries in the recent past, The homeowner had placed a "trail cam" on a bookshelf after the previous burglaries, Police discovered the camera had been turned around facing the back of the shelving unit. A deputy said any images on the camera appeared to have been deleted by the burglar or burglars.

Man Seeking Solace Over Girlfriend Troubles, Seeks Police Help, is Arrested for DWI

A 23-year-old Imperial man was arrested for DWI after driving to the Arnold Police Station in January in search of consolation.

The man drove to the back of the station, where only police vehicles are allowed, and asked to speak to an officer. One Arnold officer said: "He told officers he and his girlfriend just broke up and that he needed someone to talk to. Officers smelled heavy alcohol on his breath."

Police took the man into custody after conducting field sobriety tests, but the man would not submit to a breath test. Following booking, he was taken St. Anthony's Medical Center for making suicidal statements.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

A man faces a criminal charge after a St. Louis County police officer spotted him pulling into a South County Center parking lot in a stolen car, according to a police report.

A St. Louis County police officer spotted a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo pull into a parking spot at the mall and three men get out. A license plate check revealed the car had been reported stolen in the city of St. Louis.

The driver told the officer, “I didn’t drive here in no stolen car” before the officer mentioned the car had been reported stolen, according to the police report.

The officer also said the two passengers said they knew the car was stolen and were discussing that topic on the drive to the mall.

The man was charged with first-degree tampering with a vehicle.

A Cross-Dressing Man Snatches Purse

A Maplewood man was accused Jan. 21 of grabbing a $500 Coach purse from an Enterprise Rent-a-Car employee in Maplewood. Police said the employee reported a car behind the business.  She told police a cross-dressing man opened the passenger-side door of her car, grabbed her purse and ran.

Shortly afterward police arrested a man at his apartment building a few blocks away. The woman’s wallet and credit cards were recovered.

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