Smash-and-Grab Burglaries Reported Across Metroplex

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    Flat-screen TVs have been stolen from businesses in at least nine North Texas cities.

    Thieves stealing flat-screen TVs from businesses have hit in at least nine North Texas cities.

    In Duncanville, two thieves were caught on camera stealing flat-screen televisions just hours before the Super Bowl.

    "They're hitting restaurants that have TVs in the bar areas or TV for the customers to watch," Officer Doug Sisk said.

    In the video, the two men use a rock to break through the front door, then go right behind the bar  and start pulling at the TVs. One man was able to rip the TV off the wall in less than a minute, but his partner in crime took a little longer. While thrashing around, the man smashed the taps off several kegs and knocked over several liquor bottles, leaving the floor soaked in booze.

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    Flat-screen TVs have been stolen from businesses in at least nine cities.

    Sisk said his detectives are talking to other police departments in Grand Prairie, Lewisville, Colleyville, Dallas, Mesquite, Irving, DeSoto and Grapevine about similar crimes.

    "A lot of times, they're just selling them on the streets," Sisk said. "They may be selling them at flea markets and stuff like that. A lot of the time, they're just selling them out of their cars."

    To avoid becoming a victim, Sisk advises businesses to secure their TVs with cable locks, try mounting them higher up on the walls or encasing them in cabinets.