Three businesses didn’t get looted during Missouri riots; can you guess why?

When looters ransacked previously peaceful businesses outside St. Louis on Sunday, three stores went unscathed.

Two weren’t relying on the police. One might have been relying on a higher power.

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Photo Credit: Riverfront Times

According to the Riverfront Times, which covers Ferguson, Mo., the owners of the St. Louis Ink Tattoo and County Guns decided to make their shared storefront a place rioters would rather avoid.

“We didn’t want them coming in here and then running around with a bunch of free guns,” County Guns owner Adam Weinstein told the paper.

The gangs of rioters who sacked a Dollar General store in the same shopping plaza weren’t put off by police – up to a dozen showed up with tactical forces before leaving without taking action, one woman said.

But a half-dozen guys with guns and ready to use them told a different story.

“It is what it is,” Gutierrez said.

More than two-dozen stores were pillaged during the riot, which grew out of a “peaceful” vigil meant to protest the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday, according to KSDK, Channel 5.

Thirty-two people were arrested, the station reported.

And the third store that got through the riot untouched?

See for yourself (via Weasel Zippers.)

Now check out KDSK’s interview with the public information officer for the St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Spellman.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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