Sunday, May 30, 2010

Another successful liquor store smash n' grab -- Atlanta, GA

Thieves drove a vehicle through the front doors of an East Point liquor store early Tuesday in the third smash-and-grab burglary at a metro liquor store in just over a week.



Clean-up crews were busy cleaning up the mess left behind by thieves who drove a vehicle through the front doors of an East Point liquor store.
John Spink, jspink@ajc.com Clean-up crews were busy cleaning up the mess left behind by thieves who drove a vehicle through the front doors of an East Point liquor store.

The latest incident happened at The Package Store in the Stanton Plaza shopping center on Stanton Road, just off Langford Parkway.

Store owner Ken Tucker told the AJC that surveillance video showed seven suspects stealing liquor, beer, cash and lottery tickets.

The suspects were spotted a short distance away but ran away after wrecking the stolen vehicle they were riding in, according to Atlanta police dispatchers.

On May 17, thieves smashed a vehicle through the front doors of the Tower Package Store on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, taking about $2,000 in liquor.

Early Saturday, a package store on Cleveland Avenue was burglarized after thieves used a minivan to smash into the store front.

Daniel A. Allen Jr. stopped by the Stanton Road store Tuesday morning to see the damage done by the thieves.

"I just wanted to see who had the audacity just to drive in, with the service station across the street open 24 hours," said Allen, 77, who formerly owned a liquor store less than a mile away at Campbellton Road and DeLowe Drive.

Allen said the rash of burglaries are "deteriorating the community. When [business owners] lose money, how can you stay?"

Allen said he was never victimized by such a break-in in his nearly 40 years in business.

"It didn't happen in my day," Allen said.

"There's no respect now," he said. "Anytime you don't respect yourself, and your pants are hanging down to the ground, and you've got a mouth full of gold and none in your pocket, you've got a problem."

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/smash-and-grabbers-hit-534671.html

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