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Pair wanted for smash-and-grab robberies

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis police think the same pair of suspects could be responsible for nine smash-and-grab robberies in the past two months.

The robberies have all happened between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

With the door locked and the store closed for the night, Alex's Mart turned into the next spot hit in a string of smash and grab robberies.  A car plowed into the wall, and thieves made off with items from inside the store, leaving behind a huge hole and a big mess.

Memphis police say the technique is nothing new.

"We've had eight in Airways Station, and I think they had one in Mt. Moriah Station over the past two months," Major Roderic Cunningham said.

The night it was robbed, Alex's Mart was hit at 1:00 a.m.  By 4:40 a.m., the suspected thieves had struck two other stores - the Castalia Supermarket, and the Sav-On on Airways.

On April 3, the McLemore Market was the target.  Two men broke in, taking a jar filled with pennies, leaving behind $3,000 worth of damage.

Four days later, at 1559 Lamar, an SUV drove through a glass wall.  Two thieves took an ATM.  At 3167 Barron, a van drove into a liquor store, and two men made off with a few bottles of wine and liquor.

While not new, police call smash-and-grab robberies a growing trend they want to stop.

"Our officers are riding around doing very diligent type of patrolling, trying to catch these suspects, and hopefully we can get lucky and catch these guys very soon," Cunningham said.

Police say the cars used to smash into targeted stores are typically stolen vehicles.  There is surveillance video from some of these cases, but police say none of it has been helpful.

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