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'Crash-and-grab' robberies may be linked

Posted December 28, 2010

— Police in Raleigh and Durham are investigating possible connections among seven robberies in recent months, in which thieves crashed cars into storefronts to steal merchandise.

Raleigh police said thieves backed a stolen truck into the side of an Internet sweepstakes business on South Saunders Street around 2 a.m. Monday.

Employees said the robbers attempted to steal the Automated Teller Machine in the front of the building, but left instead with nothing but an empty cash register.

Later that morning, three men stole several games from a GameStop on North Pointe Drive in Durham after crashing a blue pickup truck through the front of the building.

Durham police are also investigating five other robberies following a similar pattern, dating back to mid-October. Authorities in both cities are now working together to determine any connections among them.

On Dec. 26, a stolen Plymouth Voyager was used to crash into a Radio Shack on North Roxboro Road in Durham. The van was later recovered.

Similar robberies took place on Dec. 20 at a GameStop store in the New Hope Commons shopping center; on Dec. 22 at Affordable Jewelry and Pawn; on Nov. 30 at Extreme Car Audio on Avondale Drive; and on Oct. 13 at a Rent-A-Center on University Drive.

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  • monalesa Dec 29, 2010

    Looking forward to seeing these guys on Smoking Gun Presents...

  • ufishbone Dec 29, 2010

    Did anyone notice the "possible connection"?
    What would make it more clear?

    Luckily they're not very productive...but soon to be 'wards of the state'

  • UPTOP Dec 29, 2010

    watch out for ppl selling games on the corners !! 2 for 20

  • whatelseisnew Dec 29, 2010

    Just some fine citizens seeking a bit of that Social Justice to which they are entitled. They decided that instead of waiting on the Government to steal for them, they would take care of themselves. It is actually a good sign that they are looking out for their own welfare.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 29, 2010

    With their total haul of these last two "robbberies" being an empty cash register and a few video games, they're more likely called "Grab-Nothing-But-Go-To-Jail-Anyway Bandits".

  • Goalieman Dec 29, 2010

    I guess we will come to know them as the "Crash and Grab Bandits" now...lol