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05/10/05

Crooks Use Vehicles to Break In

59th Street and Waters Avenue. 59th Street and Waters Avenue.

There are some convenience store burglars on the loose in Savannah who are using rather bold means to break in. They are using vehicles to do their deeds.

Three stores were hit in less in 48 hours. Police are trying to determine whether these crimes are related. They admit they are exceptionally similar.

"Some guy came in a van," an employee of one of burglarized convenience store--who doesn't want to be identified--told us.

He says this recent rash of break-ins has him fearing for his life as well as his family's "It's feeling unsafe. It can happen over here, it can happen anywhere."

Anywhere, like the Ganesh convenience store on Waters Avenue, where police say the suspects used a burgundy van and slammed into the front entrance. The owner says they stole thousands of dollars.

And if Savannah-Chatham police weren't busy enough with this crime scene, just a few hours later another smash and grab, this time at an El Cheapo gas station on Abercorn Street.

"Same technique, it really makes me feel unsafe, I don't know what to do."

When police arrived at the El Cheapo, once again, a burgundy van was spotted and then sped away. Minutes later, police were able to find the van. But the suspects took off.

Ramesh Patel can't believe it's happened three times. His store, Jim's Quick Stop, was the first hit early Monday morning. They took $150. This time, it was a car that rammed into the front entrance.

Ramesh and the other owners and employees are now worried about next time. "This time they just took the money and next time they can come with a gun, you never know," he said.

Police are asking anyone with any information to call CrimeStoppers at 234.2020.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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