Motor Vehicle Gun Thefts

Brian Freskos filed this request with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department of St. Louis, MO.
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From: Ben Hallman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Missouri Sunshine Law and the Missouri Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Police reports for every motor vehicle break-in and/or larceny from a motor vehicle that occurred in 2015. I want to determine how many vehicle break-ins occurred in your jurisdiction and basic information about each, including what, if anything, was stolen. I want to see all the information contained in each police report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each crime; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; victims' names, ages, addresses and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available, or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Hallman

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

Your Sunshine Law request has been received and will be forward for further review.
Thanks

Barbara

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Barbara.

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

Per our Legal Division-

The Department’s Information Technology (“IT”) Division is able to generate a report which would provide the basics of the incidents involving thefts from motor vehicles by doing a query of our Uniform Crime Reporting (“UCR”) system. This would generate a listing of complaint numbers and basic information (e.g. date/time/location/classification of the incident according to UCR standards) about the incident; this would be prepared in a comma-delimited file that can be opened in Excel. The IT Division is able to generate this report for $11.50. This information is also available at the SLMPD’s website by reviewing the monthly crime files. This is the link for this site: http://www.slmpd.org/crime_stats.shtml. Please note that there were 4,327 thefts from motor vehicles in St. Louis City in 2015.

If you are interested in receiving the IT report, please submit payment in the amount of $11.50 by check or money order to the “City of St. Louis”. If you are interested in receiving any particular police report, the status of the investigation would need to be determined, as well as determining if any of the information in the reports is closed under law. Charges would be incurred relating to each individual police report request. We will hold your request open for thirty (30) days pending payment.

Thanks,

Leah K. Freeman
Public Information Division

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
1915 Olive, Room 728
St. Louis, MO 63103

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi Leah,

Thank you for your prompt response. Could you send me a sample of the report that IT could generate? I just want to make sure it's what we're looking for.

From: Ben Hallman

Can you isolate larcenies from motor vehicles that resulted in a firearm being stolen?

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

Per our IT Division.

Please look at the public crime data on the website - http://www.slmpd.org/Crimereports.shtml . It would be very similar to the .CSV files listed there.
Thanks

Barbara

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Barbara. I'm interested in examining reports where a firearm was stolen from a vehicle. Can your IT Division provide a list of cases in which this occurred for 2015? Then I might request some of those reports.

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

I will forward your request for further review.
Thanks

Barbara

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

Per our IT Division:

Thefts from motor vehicles are generally classified according to the value of the items stolen from the vehicle in our crime database. In order to find reports for firearms stolen from motor vehicles, a query has to be written by a programmer. Someone else actually asked for this information in February this year, so I found the number of guns reported stolen from a vehicle in 2015 (as of February 2016): 125. The detail was not produced as part of that request, so we could provide a list of those complaint numbers for $23.00 (1 hour). Note that the number could rise, as there are, at times, delays in reporting by victims.
Thanks

Barbara

From: Ben Hallman

To whom should I make out the check and what should I write on it so you know it's from me?

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Barbara,
Do you have a second for a quick telephone call this morning?

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

Make check/money order out to the "City of St. Louis" and reference to Sunshine Law request and your name.
Thanks

Barbara

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Barbara. But just to be sure, the $23 will only give us complaint numbers that will reference individual incidents of firearms being stolen from motor vehicles?

We're on a little bit of a time crunch. How much would it cost to go ahead and request a copy of all those complaints? If it costs a lot, I might just go ahead and ask for a sample of the complaints instead of just asking for every complaint number. And could you send me a sample complaint so I know what a complaint contains?

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

I will forward your request for further review and get back with you.
Thanks

Barbara

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

Per our IT Division:

For the $23, it will get them complaint number, location, and date/time of the incident. If they want more than that, they need to specify what they want in order for me to assess it OR buy the individual reports (which is subject to the normal Records charge per incident report).
Thanks
Barbara

From: Ben Hallman

Thanks! What is the normal records charge per incident report?

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

The normal charge for an incident report is $6.50.
Thanks

Barbara

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Barbara,

For now can we request just 5 reports out of the 125? I might request more later but I want to see what kind of information they contain. Any five will do. Can email them to me? If yes, I'll request my company send you a check for $32.50. If not, and only regular mail is available, is there a charge for postage?

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Barbara,

Just wanted to follow up. Can you send me the five?

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

Your request was forward for further review and I'm waiting on a response. Will be in contact once I receive a response.
Thanks

Barbara

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

Once your payment of $45.50 is received copies of the report will be available.
Thanks

Barbara

From: Ben Hallman

Great I'll go ahead and send. Thanks!

Just to confirm address:

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
1915 Olive, Room 728
St. Louis, MO 63103

From: Ben Hallman

And, sorry, one more thing, for company accounting purposes, would you mind sending me an invoice?

From: MEDIA@slmpd.org

Ben,

Attached it the invoice that you requested.
Thanks
Barbara

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you! We'll put the check in the mail.

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