UPDATE: Wentzville Burglar's Strange Gait Leads to Arrest

Employees identified the burglar's way of walking—with toes turned out—in surveillance video of the burglary.

UPDATE: Wentzville Police issued a press release Wednesday morning concerning this case and other recent downtown burglaries:

As of this time the other recentl burglaries are still open investigations.  Some methods used in this solved case suggest the cases in the Downtown Business District may be related and detectives are continuing to investigate.  The $500.00 reward for anyone with specific information that leads to a successful arrest and prosecution on the Downtown Business District cases is still available.  If anyone has information regarding the Downtown Business District burglaries please contact the Wentzville Police at 636-327-5105.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that David L. Moore, 21, of Wentzville has been charged with felony theft in a Nov. 19 burglary at Nu Way Concrete Forms.

Moore may also be a suspect in other Wentzville burglaries, but it wasn't his clothing or his modus operandi that led to his arrest—it was his unusual way of walking, with his toes turned out.

Nu Way store personnel recognized that unusual gait in surveillance video of the Nov. 19 burglary, and told police that the same man had been in the store a few days earlier. Employees had taken down his license plate number because he was dressed strangely, wearing a heavy coat and gloves on a warm day.

Wentzville Police used that information to locate Moore and a warrant was issued for his arrest on Nov. 23. Police have confirmed that after Moore's arrest, property taken from the burglary was located and recovered. 

Moore is being held in the St. Charles County Jail with bail set at $25,000 cash only.


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