St. Louis Police believe they have broken up a burglary ring that was stealing items from new homes across the region and selling or installing them elsewhere for profit.
Since 2014, St. Louis County Police had been investigating burglaries and thefts from newly constructed houses in stages of remodeling. They believe the suspects were burglarizing the homes and stealing various items from them. The thieves would then turn around and sell the items for profit or install them in other homes, police said.
Thefts took place in the city of St. Louis and St. Clair, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties. Items ranged from thermostats and doorbells up to high-end refrigerators and other major appliances.
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Four men have been arrested, but their names were not immediately released by police pending formal presentation of charges to the prosecuting attorney’s office.
A statement from the St. Louis County Police Department indicated that stolen property worth hundreds of thousands of dollars has been recovered from the 3700 block of Bates in St. Louis. Much of the recovered property has been returned to its owners, police said.
Any residents or contractors who believe they have been a victim can contact the lead investigator at 314-615-4169.