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Burglars hitting convenience stores all over Albuquerque

Created: 07/16/2014 9:53 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Convenience store owners all across Albuquerque say there has been a string of burglaries lately and the thieves seem to know exactly what they're doing.

One of the owners said his alarm company told him at least 15 stores had been hit in the last week alone, and in every burglary, the thieves cut every wire to the alarm and surveillance systems.

"Fill Up" owner Ashraf Hijazi says his shop was hit on Wednesday morning, but he had put his systems on backup batteries.  So when the suspects cut the wires, the alarm system still called him and his cameras kept rolling.    

Hijazi got a clear shot of one of the suspect's faces, but he is still out thousands of dollars from all the cigarettes they stole.

"You get that gut feeling man, it hurts!  You know, you're working hard for your money and people just steal it away," Hijazi said.

Another shop owner, Khalil Asfan who owns "Circle A" on Chelwood Park said he feels like he has done all he can to protect himself, but still expects to get hit again.

"Very, very nervous.  I sleep with my cell phone right next to my ear all the time.  Every night I expect that phone call that there is something going on in the store," Asfan said.

The shop owners say they called APD immediately after the burglaries, and police have told them this is happening a lot lately.  Hijazi says he told police he had good surveillance video but he says they didn't seem interested.    

KOB Eyewitness News 4 called APD to get some information, but was told the detective was not responding.


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