Yet another smash and grab, this time at an iconic midtown pawn shop.
Someone backed a Dodge Dakota pick-up truck through the front of Sam Light Loans at the corner of Olive and Jefferson. When police arrived the truck was still running with the wheels spinning around 4:30 this morning.
Police tell Fox 2 news the truck was stolen in north city and used in the smash and grab. No suspects are in custody.
The owner is still trying to determine what, if anything, was taken. Several surveillance cameras are in place and police will be checking those to identify any suspects.
Police say the victim had just finished shopping when he returned to his truck around noon Thursday to find someone driving off with it.
Maplewood Police Detective Matt Nibor says the truck's owner chased after him, jumping into the bed of the pickup. "The truck then started traveling at a high rate of speed down Hanley Road and then entered onto Highway 40 eastbound."
Detective Nibor says the victim broke out a window on the truck and the suspect pulled over. Then the suspect threw the victim out of the truck bed, beat him and left him along the roadside.
The victim is expected to recover.
Police are looking for the suspect and the stolen 1992 GMC Seirra with Missouri plates reading 1HN-375. The truck is maroon, with a darker maroon hood, white front fenders and a broken rear window.
The suspect is described as a light skin African American Male in his early 20s. He is about 5’7″ and weighs about 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information call the Maplewood Police Department at 314-646-3621.