SHREWSBURY, Mo. – Police are searching for six teenagers that robbed a Shrewsbury car dealership early Sunday morning. The owner of the dealership has also offered an award.
Surveillance cameras at the front of the dealership caught the suspects using rocks to break the windows of the dealership. They entered, and two of the suspects pulled guns. Thankfully, the perpetrators didn’t steal any cars and only got off with a pair of hedge trimmer.
“It’s very frustrating,” Owner David Wollaeger told KMOV. “I’m trying to run an honest business.”
Wollaeger has owned the dealership since 2013 and said that this was the first time he witnessed criminal activity on his lot since November of 2020. In response to this robbery, Wollaeger said he invested $15,000 in damages and increased security.
“Over the last year there’s probably been, if I had to guess, 20-25 instances that I’ve had to call the police for thefts of catalytic converters, break-ins,” Wollaeger said. “I had a car stolen in broad daylight.”
Wollaeger is offering a $1,000 reward for the person who finds the suspects.
This is the second vehicular-related story to come out of Shrewsbury in the past week. Shaun Jones was sentenced to seven and a half years in jail after leading police on a chase in a vehicle with fake plates earlier this year. After the incident, police found an array of drugs as well as phones and cash that connected him to other drug-related crimes in the area.
Glendale Chrysler Jeep was also broken into four times within the span of a month in September. Many investigators point to skyrocketing prices of used vehicles as the cause of these robberies.
Anyone with information on the suspects at large in the Shrewsbury robbery should contact Shrewsbury Police Department at (314) 645-3000.