Police believe they have a St. Louis ringleader

ST. LOUIS – A mural that hung inside Steve’s Hot Dogs in South Grand used to be the board covering the front door after a recent break-in.

“They have nothing,” said owner Steve Ewing.

Ewing’s surveillance video shows three people looking for cash. You can see at least one of them is armed.

“They basically just walked in, smashed windows, ripped things off the wall. They were just looking for things. You didn’t get anything,” he said.

Repairing the damage is still a financial setback for Ewing, just as other preventive measures add to the cost, like the nearly indestructible Safe Haven Defense window film. Dozens of companies are preparing to add it.

“We already have small wins,” Ewing said.

But on Wednesday, investigators with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department say they have one person in custody who may be responsible for a third of the 69 burglaries reported in the city in the past month alone.

They are currently investigating his connection to other suspects and said they intend to work with federal prosecutors on a criminal complaint involving the suspect’s illegally modified firearm.

“You can’t really see anyone on the video, so I imagine it would be very difficult to catch them, but I hope they made it for this to stop,” Ewing said.

Metropolitan police say they are working with county authorities on the case and have uncovered more evidence at the suspect’s home that could connect the dots between separate crimes.

Late Wednesday, the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office filed charges against 18-year-old Zavion McGee for burglary, theft and criminal damage to property.

Indictment says one case involves the August 8 pharmacy demolition in the Central West End. The other is for a smash and grab on October 16 at Colombo’s on Manchester.

Court documents indicate that Kim Gardner’s office is reviewing at least nine other cases.

Ewing wants to make sure the damage doesn’t deter customers from returning to such a thriving community on South Grand.

“That’s actually why we moved to this location,” Ewing said. “…because we love all traffic. We love all the other restaurants, all the other shops, but not everyone understands that. I just want people to come here and have that experience. When they get down here, they’ll find out.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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