ST. LOUIS — Thefts are on the rise in St. Louis, and the city's police chief suspects the recession may be partly to blame.
Police say downtown larcenies are up 75 percent from a year ago. Many of the crimes involve teenagers breaking into cars to steal whatever they see.
Police Chief Dan Isom says detectives are working aggressively to curtail the break-ins. Extra officers are being added to cruise parking areas of major events.
The latest crime report released Wednesday also shows robberies up 22 percent in parts of north St. Louis.
Murders are down 35 percent.