Indianapolis police investigate 3 vehicular smash and grabs this week

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 25, 2016) -- For the third time in less than a week, thieves in Indianapolis used a vehicle as a battering ram.

Early Friday morning, a crook crashed his way into an east side business using a stolen pickup truck.

On Monday, several garage doors were bent and left in piles after thieves battered the doors down with a car and stole what they could inside.

Last weekend dramatic surveillance video recorded a car smashing through the front of a northwest side business.

A team of ten thieves stormed inside stealing thousands of dollars in high-priced urban apparel.

“Regardless if they’re connected or not, it’s concerning,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams.

After the overnight theft on the east side at City Gear, the back is boarded up after being broken down.

Surveillance video showed one person in that case stealing several pairs of expensive shoes.

The burglar then abandoned the stolen pickup used in the break-in.

During the theft earlier in the week at Hang Time, it was obviously more than just a lone thief, so right now police don’t know for sure if the crimes are connected.

“What we can tell you is obviously our investigators will see if they’re connected so we can try and get these people of the street,” said Adams.

The fact is there’s very little businesses can do to prevent thieves from getting behind the wheel, hitting the gas and driving into their buildings.

That’s why police say it’s important for everyone to take steps to prevent their cars from being stolen.

“We would encourage our residents to make sure their vehicles are secure so they can’t be stolen and used in this type of crime,” said Adams.

Anyone with information on any of the thefts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

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