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Columbus police investigating multiple business break-ins

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Three individuals were seen breaking into the shoe store Sneakers. It was one of at least seven business break-ins Sunday morning. Three individuals were seen breaking into the shoe store Sneakers. It was one of at least seven business break-ins Sunday morning.
Sneakers' Owner Skip Darden says surveillance video shows that the suspects were in and out of his store in less than a minute. Sneakers' Owner Skip Darden says surveillance video shows that the suspects were in and out of his store in less than a minute.
The subjects were seen on surveillance video wearing black jackets with hoods and gloves. The subjects were seen on surveillance video wearing black jackets with hoods and gloves.

Columbus police are investigating at least 7 break-ins at Columbus businesses early Sunday morning.

Various businesses were hit in an hour and a half's time frame across the northern Columbus area, police reports show. Sneakers, Best Buy, Hungry Howie’s, West Georgia Verizon, Sally's Beauty Salon, Shoe Show and New China Restaurant all reported damage and items stolen after individuals allegedly broke into the stores.

Four of the stores are in the same shopping center, right next to the Gateway Walmart.

West Georgia Verizon, Sally's Beauty Salon, Shoe Show and New China Restaurant are all in the same shopping center near the Gateway Walmart.

“We haven't had a burglary in 10 years and definitely wasn't expecting it,” said Skip Darden, the owner of Sneakers on Veterans Parkway.

Darden’s surveillance cameras picked up the three individuals who had broken into his store. One individual broke the window with a baseball bat, then the others went inside and stole two pairs of shoes, a few pairs of socks and the cash register.

Police say they're still trying to figure out if all the break-ins are connected. If you recognize any of the individuals in the video, you're asked to call Columbus Police at 706-653-3400.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, is News 3's nightside reporter.
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