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Smash-and-grabs taking more than just initial steal from BR businesses

4 years ago March 25, 2011 Mar 25, 2011 Friday, March 25 2011 Friday, March 25, 2011 8:51:58 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE-  A series of "smash and grabs" have police in Baton Rouge working to get the thief off the streets.

Seven businesses were targeted this week.  Another five were hit last week.  Now investigators are looking to see if they're all connected.

The businesses burglarized say the hit to their cash registers didn't stop when the crooks left.

"The most expensive thing was the windows," said Lambert's Manager Holly Crow, "Getting the windows repaired and it's a special glass we've got to order and that was a lot of money we had to spend to replace that."

It's the same story at almost all of the businesses burglarized in the spree.  At some, nothing was taken.  At others, everything was trashed.  A few actually lost cash and products.  Police say the patterns and the pictures left behind are good leads.

Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Stone said, "We had obtained some good video recently from the one on Coursey Boulevard showing a while male in a dark four-door vehicle, last night, we obtained some still photos from the Sonic on Airline Highway which shows a black male in a similar type vehicle."

While police are doing their own searching to follow up on these scenes, one business is now spending even more money on security and hoping not to tack it on to the tab in the long run.

Crow said, "We are prepared for them and that we're taking all precautions necessary to make sure they do not get away with it again."

Police say they're running special operations through the weekend to try to catch the culprits.

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