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Criminal Minds: The Ultimate Pushy Salesperson

A roundup of odd, unusual and head-scratching crime reports in and around the area.

Sounds Like Someone Needs A Dale Carnegie Course
On July 30, police received a report of a man barging into a residence in Maryland Heights uninvited, presenting the elderly resident with a business card. The subject allegedly suggested the resident redo the kitchen floor and have the trees trimmed, and then allegedly picked up money on the kitchen table.

Stealing a Truck, One Piece at a Time
In St. Peters between Aug. 7-13, a tailgate was stolen from 2009 Ford truck. 

You're a Little Early. The House Isn't Finished Yet
Two mattresses and a big-screen TV were dumped at a construction site in Creve Coeur on July 11, a neighbor reported.

He Just Washed His Hair and Couldn't Do a Thing With It
In St. Charles, police are searching for a man who robbed a gas station on Aug. 13. The man was described as unshaven and wearing a long-sleeved red shirt, work gloves and a camouflage hat with a towel covering his hair and ears.  

Rule No. 1: Leave Nothing Behind—Especially Your ID
On July 19 in Hazelwood, a man hit a parked car and fled the scene on foot. Police identified him, however, by an ID card he left at the scene.

Do You Think a Smart Car Dropped It?
On Aug. 19, in Maryland Heights, police found an iPad in the middle of the roadway.

After All, You Have to Be Safe
A burglar who broke out a window entered a Maplewood business on Aug. 14 and stole cigarettes, lighters, food—and condoms.   

So Much for a Quiet, Unobtrusive Getaway Vehicle
A blue Freightliner semi-truck was reported stolen in Oakville.

Scam of the Week
A victim in Richmond Heights told police on Aug. 8 that he sent $840 via Western Union to Kingston, Jamaica. He said that a caller told him he needed to send a small amount of money in order to collect on winnings of $950,000 and a Mercedes Benz.

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