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Surveillance Photos Could Be Lead In 'Smash-And-Grab' Burglaries

Posted December 27, 2005

— Cary police say they may have a lead in a string of "smash-and-grab" burglaries that have targeted Wake County businesses over the past two months.

The latest burglaries happened Friday morning when, police say, thieves busted windows and stole money from three businesses at a Cary strip mall, bringing the total number of "smash-and-grab" burglaries in Cary and Apex to 25 since October.

Police responded Friday morning to the scene of the latest burglaries within 1½ minutes, but by the time they arrived, the thieves were gone.

Surveillance cameras, however, snapped pictures of what police say is the getaway car -- a gold or silver Jaguar. Police say it may also be leaking transmission fluid.

"Every one of these (burglaries) that occurs gives us one more piece of evidence that is going to help us bring these folks in," Capt. Dave Wulff, of the Cary Police Department.

In addition to the cases in Cary and Apex, police are investigating a possible link to similar break-ins in Chapel Hill, where four businesses were robbed between Dec. 15 and 16.

For the owners of the businesses burglarized, they just want the burglaries to stop.

"There's a lot of help wanted signs out there," said Leroy Rang, whose coffee shop, Java Jive, was burglarized Friday. "They can go out and get a job. They don't need to do this stuff."

Anyone with information about the suspects or their whereabouts, is asked to contact the Cary Police Department at

(919) 462-3812

or CrimeStoppers at

(919) 226-CRIME

.

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