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May 20, 2008

Albany -- Two business were broken into on West Oglethorpe. At Uncle Robert's car lot, the thieves found out the hard way that a car in for repairs doesn't make a good getaway vehicle.

Just up the street from the car lot, police were on the scene of an attempted burglary at Diversified Industries Service.

Surveillance cameras caught a crime in progress. Cameras at Uncle Roberts Used Cars were rolling just after 3:00 AM Tuesday, capturing the crook on tape, who minutes later is seen driving away in a stolen 1998 Mitsubishi Montero.

It's happening over and over again. Car dealer Danny McDonald says this is the third time in less than a year that thieves have stolen cars off his lot, but this time, they got away with more.

"Tires , lawn mowers, weed eaters, sawzall," he says.

All packed in the back of the SUV which smashed through the fence. Some of the stolen items spilled onto Oglethorpe Boulevard. This lawn mower was one the stolen items 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 cap. It was abandoned just a few blocks away on Highland Ave.

But 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."

With the stolen car dusted for prints, perhaps this evidence will shed light on the suspects behind this mess.

Surveillance cameras showed the suspects casing the 600 block of West Oglethorpe around 2:00AM. If you saw anything suspicious or know who might be involved, you should call police.

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