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Home Break-Ins on the Rise in Franklin County due to Drug Use

June 06, 2018 - 8:25 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Fueled by desperate drug abusers, the home break-in rate is on the rise in Franklin County.

Sheriff Steve Pelton says they recently crunched the numbers and found that through the end of May, Franklin County recorded 163 home burglaries compared to just over 100 at the same time last year.

“The biggest thing right now that’s going around the nation is the heroin epidemic. Heroin’s so cheap and people are buying it on the streets of St. Louis, and that’s where a lot of our stolen property ends up,” Pelton says.

Sheriff Pelton says that's because drug users are breaking in and stealing to support their habit. Pelton says he's not looking to keep the situation under wraps -- just the opposite.

“Our standpoint at the Sheriff’s office is crime shouldn’t be a secret, so if we’ve got a rash of something going on in a particular area, we’re sharing that on our social media. We encourage people to get on our social media page, and we’ve had an overwhelming response to it,” he says.

He adds that they're looking to boost their neighborhood watch programs with the catch-phrase - "See something, say something".