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SPD: Pair of business burglaries may be connected

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Police are looking for at least three men they believe are responsible for burglarizing a pair of Shreveport business early Saturday morning.

Just after 5:30 a.m., Shreveport Police officers were called to the Texaco station in the 5900 block of Youree Drive for a report of a burglary.

When officers arrived on scene, it was apparent the burglars used a vehicle to ram the front doors of the store.

Further investigation revealed that the store's ATM was also missing. Authorities located an abandoned Ford Expedition on the parking lot of the business that was believed to have been used to gain entry to the store.

Puzzled as to how the bandits made off with the ATM, officers reviewed portions of the store's surveillance video. In the video, the men can be seen using the abandoned truck to ram the building and are moments later seen removing the ATM. It appears that the vehicle used in the burglary began to experience mechanical problems at which time the suspects abandoned the ATM in the parking lot, returning a short time later in a second vehicle to retrieve to stolen ATM. After loading up their haul, the suspects fled from the scene driving what was thought to be a Lincoln.

Authorities later found abandoned, the Lincoln Navigator believed used to commit the burglary near a wooded area on St. Matthais Drive. It was later learned that both vehicles had been stolen some time during the night during a subsequent burglary at the Roundtree Ford dealership in the 8700 block of Business Park Drive. Both vehicles were impounded as evidence. It is believed that the suspects involved in the ATM theft, broke into the Ford dealership and stole keys to the two vehicles. It is unclear at this point if any additional vehicles were stolen.
Shreveport Police Property Crimes Detectives have been assigned to the case and are reviewing surveillance video from both businesses in hopes of identifying and apprehending those persons responsible for theses crimes.  Anyone with information about these crimes are urged to call Caddo Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.

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