Three grocery stores burglarized Thursday morning on northwest side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 3, 2015) -- Three Mexican grocery stores were burglarized early Thursday morning.  At La Potosina, on 38th Street, owner Omar Ramirez is thankful that he had an alarm system in place.

"I got a call about 2:30 in the morning from ADT," said Ramirez who adds that he's only owned the location for about five months. "They said the front door was open and they dispatched the cops."

He says when he arrived shortly there after, police told him nothing seemed out of place. After Ramirez looked around his store himself he says he agreed when police told him that the burglar likely triggered the alarm and then left. 

"I thinking they tried to see if we had an alarm of something, or maybe they just got scared," said Ramirez. 

Nothing was taken from La Potosina, but at La Compos on 25th Street, money was taken from the register.  At Carniceria Compos Grocery Store on North High School Road, police were able to look at store surveillance video, but it hasn't proven to be helpful. 

"It appears that people are trying to victimize the Latin-American community," said IMPD Officer Chris Wilburn. "I don't know exactly why they were being targeted, but what we can say is that we have a great partnership with our community and every citizen group within Marion County, Indianapolis. And, we will continue to to make sure those lines of communication are open."

IMPD says they do not know if the three crimes are connected, but they are looking into it.

"We want to make clear as it relates to this particular business, these businesses, and this demographic of people: We won't abandon a zip code or people group. We've never been in the business of doing that, and we won't do it now," said Wilburn.

All three of the crimes happened within one hour, and police still do not have any suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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