ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Downtown business owners are concerned after a mob of about 40 young people caused havoc Saturday night. It was caught on video.
Imagine sitting in a downtown restaurant when you suddenly notice a large group of young people heading for the door, all at once. Patrons at Sauce On The Side didn't have to imagine it,they lived it Saturday night.
It was just past 8:45pm when a large group of young people could be seen in the distance running down 8th street and then heading to the plaza outside the restaurant. Two of them flip over some chairs while others danced on a table.
A manager comes out to ask them if they are coming in to eat. They say, "yes" and follow him in.
The video shows a kid in a white tee-shirt and dark hoodie move toward the counter, grab the tip jar, and run out the door. He passes through the crowd of his associates still hanging around outside.
The manager shouts to call the police, comes outside, and they all take off running. Police believe the group may have also broken into a couple of cars at 7th and Olive.
The manager of the restaurant is worried if this is a sign of things to come.
"I would like to think that having a stronger police presence would be beneficial. Obviously, at the same time, to what extent what is it the police can do. In this day and age it is not that we need to have brute force but is having the presence enough of a deterrent." said restaurant manager Brendon Maciariello.
So what is the police department planning to do? We wanted to get an interview about that but instead we got a written response from a spokesperson. It says that now that the weather is getting warmer the department plans to deploy additional patrols in high traffic areas of the city to deal with issues including crowd control.
They have done that in past years. This year's target date is march 11th. Police are also reviewing the surveillance tape from saturday night`s incident.
There were no injuries as a result of Saturday night's incidents. days ago an even larger group of young people came into the city portion of the Delamr Loop and caused trouble including punching someone walking down the street. Police made seven arrests.