Thieves get away with store’s safe

Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS – Three suspects stole a safe containing $800 at 5:30 a.m. July 23 from the Family Dollar Store, 8655 N. Telegraph.

The store’s surveillance tape shows the thieves backing a white Ford E-350 van into the front of the store, taking the safe and fleeing. The store’s entrance was damaged, and a deposit bag containing about $1,700 was found on the floor.

According to police reports, a witness saw a van with no side windows back into the store. A black male, wearing a dark shirt and shorts, got out, went inside and was later seen running out with the safe.

An employee of Joe Randazzo’s Fruit and Vegetable Inc., 8655 N. Telegraph, saw the other suspects, described as black males, one wearing jean shorts, a white T-shirt, white shoes and a white mask and the other wearing dark clothing, entering the store after the van crashed into it.

All three men then fled east on Van Buren in the van.

According to published reports, an investigation is still ongoing to find out if the robbery is connected with a similar theft of an ATM in Detroit July 16.

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