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Men caught on surveillance in sledgehammer burglaries


New surveillance video shows men suspected of using a sledgehammer to break into four Albany stores Monday morning.

Store owners tell us they're getting a lot of support from the community after we told you about repeated break-ins.

City commissioner Jon Howard visited the stores today to offer help.

The video showed three men behind the Dixie Food Mart on East Broad about 2:45 a.m., breaking down fences in case they needed to make a quick get away according to police.

They were seen spotting the surveillance camera and pushing it away.

The crooks broke a hole in the rear wall of the convenience store, but ran when police spotted them. They escaped empty handed.

Tommy Evans lives in the neighborhood and was upset by the crime.

"So many good businesses around here are going to be closing up because of the break ins, if they don't do something about it," said Evans.

City Commissioner Jon Howard met with store owner Henry Patel Tuesday morning, after watching the surveillance video of the men bashing holes in four store walls and doors in the same night. He promised to help.

"The police will be doing some detail operations to make sure that the business is safe," said Patel.

Howard brought out code enforcement officers to look at the overgrown yard behind Patel's store, and to get it cut so it won't be an easy hideout. Patel said he appreciates the commissioner's support.

"To look at the property and the surrounding property, and he's taking that much interest- it's helpful. Yes, definitely," said Patel.

He said this is the third time people have made a hole in the same spot in his rear wall, and he thinks from surveillance video the same men are responsible.

Albany Police said it appears the same four masked men broke holes into all four of the stores Monday, burglarizing them for money, cigarettes, and lottery tickets.

Albany Police continue to investigate the crimes. Call CrimeSTOPPERS at 436-TIPS if you can help.

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