COLUMBUS, Ohio — An east Columbus gas station owner is asking for help to identify two crooks tied to two break-ins over the past six weeks.
"They threw a big rock through the window," said Bob Marshall who owns the South Hamilton Road business, "they were in and out of here."
The store was burglarized in November when a suspect busted inside by throwing a rock through a glass front window. Columbus Police say the guy then stole thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes.
Last week, security cameras caught a second thief, busting into the store in the same manner. The burglar again stole dozens of cigarette cartons, but this time used a store garbage can to haul away the loot.
"It's disturbing to watch someone take all of your merchandise, and put it in a garbage can," said Marshall.
It's not known if the two cases are connected. Police reports say different vehicles were used in the separate break-ins. Surveillance photos of the November burglary are now posted inside the store to bring in tips for police.
"When you lose $7-8,000 it's rough to overcome," said Marshall. "Makes me wonder if I should close the place down."
Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus Police at 614-641-TIPS