'Crash-and-grab' robberies may be linked
Posted December 28, 2010 9:01 p.m. EST
Updated December 28, 2010 11:11 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.