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Thieves use torch to cut holes into stores, rob them

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Shelby County Sheriff's Office is investigating the burglary and robbery of three stores and a home. 

Officials don’t know if the crimes are related, but there is a common theme in each crime—a massive hole was cut into the back of the buildings.

SCSO said someone broke through the wall at Fred's Pharmacy in Arlington and stole bottles of pills.

"Two suspects cut a hole in the back wall of the store, got inside,” SCSO spokesman Earle Farrell said. “They actually crawled on the floor to keep from setting off the burglary alarms. They used a cutting torch to get into the safe. They got away with almost 3,000 OxyContin pills."

Several other buildings in the area--including a Dollar General, Quick Markets, and a home--were also ransacked.

"I believe they had somewhat of an idea,” Quick Markets manager said. “I believe they had somewhat of a plan."

The manager, who did not want to be identified, said two thieves stole all of the Newport cigarettes and cash from the register of his store.

“Somewhere to about 3-4 thousand dollars,” he said.

“Then, the home burglary took place earlier in the afternoon,” Farrell said. “About a mile from one of those locations on highway 70. They got away with guns, tools, TV.”

As management at the stores work to close the giant holes, deputies are working to close the cases. There is no description of the suspects at this time. If you have any information that can help SCSO officials, contact them.

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