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May 20, 2008

Albany -- Surveillance cameras at Uncle Robert's Used Cars were rolling just after 3:00 Tuesday morning capturing a crime on tape. A man in a white T-shirt can be seen walking between two cars, casing the lot. Minutes later, he's seen driving away in a stolen 1998 Mitsubishi Montero.

"It's happening over and over again," says owner Danny McDonald.  For the third time in less than a year,  thieves have stolen cars off his lot. But this time, they got away with more.

"Tires , lawn mowers, weedeaters, sawzall," says McDonald.

The stolen items were packed in the back of the S-U-V, which the driver used to smash through the lot's fence. Some of the stolen items spilled onto Oglethorpe Boulevard. A lawn mower was all that was left behind.

But in what appears to be a two man operation, the burglars didn't very get far. The stolen Mitsubishi was in for repair and missing an oil plug. It was found abandoned just a few blocks away on Highland Avenue.

In what appears to be an early morning theft operation, just up the street from the car lot, police were on the scene of an attempted burglary at Diversified Industries Service. Nothing was reported missing from that lot, but police are looking into whether the two crimes were related.

As for McDonald, he says he won't let these crooks keep him down.

"I'll be here. I'm going to stay. They'll get me down, but I'm not going to be out."

Surveillance cameras showed the suspects casing the 600 block of West Oglethorpe around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone who might have seen any suspicious persons in or around this area is asked to contact the Albany Police.

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