Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

LAW & ORDER; PUBLIC SAFETY [Corrected 04/15/13]

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

LAW & ORDER; PUBLIC SAFETY [Corrected 04/15/13]

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WARREN COUNTY > Man accused of burglaries * Dustin Augusta III, 30, of Truesdale, has admitted to scores of residential burglaries and may be responsible for many more, police said. Augusta, of the first block of Belaire Mobile Home Park, is charged in five burglaries in Warrenton, but since his arrest in December has told officials about others, totaling 23, said Sheriff Kevin Harrison. "We've got truckloads, vanloads of items that we're trying to identify to get back to owners tens of thousands of dollars worth of stuff," he said. Augusta was captured based on a witness description. He told police he doesn't have a job and sold the loot to pay child support. But Harrison suspects Augusta was feeding a drug addiction. Augusta has a record of convictions for forgery, burglary, stealing, passing bad checks, fraudulent use of a credit device and endangering the welfare of a child, according to court records. His bail was set at $50,000.

ST. LOUIS > Man charged in armed robberies * Merrell Burch, 26, of the 7700 block of Olde English Road in St. Louis County, was charged Tuesday in two recent armed robberies in St. Louis. Burch was charged with first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree robbery and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Police say Burch robbed a QuikTrip at 6900 Gravois Avenue about 3:25 a.m. Saturday, and a Subway sandwich shop at 4600 block of Chippewa Street about 7:45 p.m. Monday. In the QuikTrip robbery, police said Burch entered the store, lifted his shirt to show a weapon and was given about $50 from the cash register. Burch fled the store. In the Subway robbery, Burch announced a robbery, showed a weapon and fled the store with money, authorities said. Police responded, stopped the man's car and found a gun in the vehicle, police said. Police say they suspect Burch in several other recent robberies. …

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