Caught In The Act: Columbus gas station hit twice by thieves


    An east Columbus gas station owner is asking for help to identify two crooks tied to two break-ins over the past six weeks. (Courtesy: Bob Marshall)

    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

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