Photos: Eight Worst St. Louis Crimes In January 2013
3. Death over sweets: The second homicide of the year in the City of St. Louis was allegedly due to an argument about the shoplifting of sweets -- either a bag of Chips Ahoy! cookies or potentially two candy bars.
Kenneth Payne, a 33-year-old from the 3400 block of Montana, was charged with the South City shooting of Anan Abdallah, 22.
The suspect apparently hit a store employee with his bullets and then hit the victim square in the chest -- killing him before he could even be taken to the hospital.
2. Masked gunmen in church: Entering a house of worship on a Sunday in the middle of service, three gunmen wearing masks demanded that parishioners get on the ground and hand over their wallets.
Police Chief Michael Floore
Ultimately, no one was hurt, but we can only imagine it was an incredibly terrible ordeal -- one that was so bad, East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore told Daily RFT the following day: "These are some trying times now."
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