Stores add security after string of smash-and-grabs

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Police are searching for the thieves responsible for a string of early-morning smash-and-grab robberies.

Vehicles have been used to crash into buildings and get away with valuables at least three times this week.

Early Wednesday morning, surveillance cameras captured a stolen truck smashing through a Chevron gas station on Riverdale Road in College Park. Thieves got away with an ATM.

“We’re losing $3,000 a day. Can’t do anything. Nobody wants to go inside, it’s dangerous,” store owner Alex Bahai said.

Bahai has hired a security guard to watch over his store until repairs can be made.

The pickup truck was found later Wednesday morning at a parking lot at Atlantic Station.

Police are hoping thieves left behind fingerprints so investigators can identify them.

Later Wednesday morning, thieves used another pickup truck to drive through the Stone Mountain Pawn Shop in DeKalb County. Store owner Rick Bryan said the thieves were after guns, but came up empty-handed.

“Obviously you pick this case up, there’s not a gun here. It’s very obvious,” Bryan said.

Tuesday morning, crooks used a minivan to steal an ATM at the Sweet Auburn Market on Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta.

Last Tuesday, thieves plowed into a hair extension store on Edgewood Avenue.



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