Cape police hope for national attention to solve violent crime

A Cape Girardeau police officer looks at America's Most Wanted web site.
A Cape Girardeau police officer looks at America's Most Wanted web site.
Cape police hope for national attention to solve violent crime
By: CJ Cassidy
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - New details on two area crimes caught on tape. You'll remember we showed you video from a Sikeston store and Cape Girardeau's Best Buy last week. Now police have those suspects in custody.
In both cases, police say viewers recognized the suspects from the surveillance video and called in anonymous tips.  46-year-old Lindsey Cross now faces burglary and stealing charges after a caller identified him. Investigators say Cross was also wanted in Scott County for distributing drugs.
Chief Drew Juden says he's glad the video helped track cross down. Juden also says he wishes more stores would pay attention to the quality of surveillance camera they purchase, because that could go a long way in putting crooks behind bars.
Meanwhile, police in Cape Girardeau are glad they have a suspect in custody in connection with last week's best buy robbery.
Now their attention's back on the SEMO Video Store robbery and the vicious attack on the clerk inside. It happened eight months ago and investigators say it's all too clear the suspect's no longer in the area, because they haven't had any new leads on his whereabouts.
They say that's unusual in a case where they have video of the actual robbery. So now, Officer Jeff Nichols hopes to get some national attention - hoping to profile the case through the show America's Most Wanted.
Nichols says the suspect's thumbprint does not match any existing prints at this time, so they're hopeful America's Most Wanted show producers pick up their appeal and highlight the case.
The victim in that case moved to St. Louis following the attack, and never did return to work at the SEMO Video Store again.
Again, if you happen to notice anything familiar about the suspect from that robbery - please let police know - and remember you can remain anonymous, if you use the Crime Stoppers Hotline... that's (573) 335-0500.