WHITMAN, Mass. — Whitman Police are asking for help identifying two suspects wanted for a smash-and-grab at a gas station convenience store early Sunday morning, Detective Sergeant Peter Aitken told Boston 25 News.
Security cameras captured the two masked men breaking into New World Market on Bedford Street (Route 18) around 4:45 a.m.
Aitken said the suspects were walking south on Route 18 when they walked up to the store and damaged a security camera outside of the building. The camera was originally pointed at the front door.
Surveillance video from inside the store shows one of the suspects smash the front glass door with a tool, possibly a hammer. He then fled the scene toward Auburn Street when the alarm sounded. The other suspect reached in, unlocked the door and made entry into the store. He then filled a backpack with numerous cartons of cigarettes and fled the scene in the same direction as the other suspect. The entire crime was carried out in just four minutes.
The alarm company notified Whitman Police and the store owner of a burglary in progress, but the suspects were gone by the time officers arrived. Once the owner was on scene, he showed the officers the surveillance video.
A K9 from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department was able to track the suspects for a short distance on Auburn Street, but eventually lost the trail, possibly because the pair got into a car and left the area.
The owner of the store is still tallying the value of the stolen cigarettes.
A similar crime recently occurred in Abington, but right now it’s unclear if the two cases are connected. Boston 25 News has reached out to Abington Police for more information on the break-in in their town.
New World Market in Whitman was one of 14 of the chain’s gas stations offering free gas to health care workers Monday.
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