Not Even Safes Are Safe From Thieves in Dallas

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Friday, Oct 8, 2010  |  Updated 11:26 PM CDT
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Dallas police say an organized group of thieves are stealing safes from businesses in southern Dallas.

Police said the burglars have broken into at least 10 businesses, from car dealerships to dollar store to grocery stores, since July.

"In each case, their motive has been to steal the safe, and that’s why we believe they are all related,” Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse said.

Police said the burglars take the safe with them if they can't crack it open with a crowbar.

Surveillance video from inside Malone's Cost Plus Supermarket in Oak Cliff on Oct. 4 shows three people prying open an office door before boldly loading a safe into an idling getaway car in the parking lot.

“They are carrying the right tools, they are covering their faces, wearing gloves, everything that has the making of an organized criminal gang,” Janse said.

Investigators said they believe the car is a red or maroon Chevy HHR.

Police said the safe stolen from Malone’s contained $52,000. The burglars also stole hundreds of dollars worth of cigarette cartons.

"We need to try and get these individuals identified and off the streets," Janse said.

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