Police in Ballwin and Chesterfield are working together on two similar burglaries that happened less than an hour apart early Wednesday morning, June 6.
According to Ballwin police, thieves used a landscape stone to smash through the front door window of iTechshark at 14844 Manchester Road just before 2:30 a.m. Responding to the burglar alarm at the store, officers said they saw a dark color BMW sedan leaving the area westbound on Manchester.
Images from video surveillance cameras showed the vehicle at the store and two masked and gloved suspects who entered and quickly searched the establishment. The two made off with an unknown amount of electronic equipment.
An inventory was expected to determine what was taken and its value.
Just after 3 a.m., a similar break-in occurred at the Adventure Shooting Sports location at 17724 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield Valley. Here, police said a cast iron pipe was used to break a front window the thieves used for access.
Inside, they broke display cases, taking guns from there and from the wall. Although an inventory will determine the exact amount of merchandise taken, a store official said at least 20 handguns and rifles were stolen.
The similar “smash-and-grab” break-ins, the direction taken by the car leaving the Ballwin scene and the time interval between the two events led police to conclude the two events could be connected. In both cases, the thieves were in and out of the locations in less than two minutes.