Suspected serial burglar behind bars

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NORTHWOODS, MO (KPLR) – Fox 2 News first reported a gas station burglary in Northwoods last weekend.

According to Northwoods Police Chief Ron Martin, a person was caught on surveillance video breaking into the BP gas station in the 6700 block of Natural Bridge Road in the early morning hours of April 22.

Martin said 17-year-old James Jackson confessed to stealing a gun, $2,000 in coins, and some cigarettes. Jackson also tried to enter through a bullet proof window.

The chief said Jackson's crimes don’t stop there.

“Mr. Jackson is being looked at for other burglaries that have occurred,” Chief Martin said.

While tips from the public poured into Northwoods, St. Louis County police arrested Jackson and linked him to crimes in Pasadena Hills. It turns out Jackson was a suspect in a March 30 burglary at the home of a Fox 2 employee. St. Louis County detectives took Jackson into custody, whereupon he confessed to various other crimes. Police said he had the stolen gun from the BP gas station in his possession.

“Everybody’s information was coming in from one way or the other and it just all meshed. I’m very proud of the fact that we worked with county police and prosecutors; they were instrumental in issuing charges,” Martin said.

Prosecutors have charged Jackson with burglary, theft of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon, and receiving stolen property. He remains in custody at the St. Louis County Jail.