Two break-ins occur at local gas stations within minutes of each other

Two break-ins of Washington C.H. gas stations occurred within 13 minutes of each other early Wednesday morning, according to police.

At 4:13 a.m., officers from the Washington Police Department were dispatched to United Dairy Farmers, 1710 Columbus Ave., on a burglary complaint. Broken glass from the front door was found as well as a rock on the floor to the right of the doors.

Video from the store showed three masked individuals bust the glass on the door, jump over the counter and steal cigarettes, according to reports.

Then at 4:26 a.m., officers responded to an active alarm at the Flagway #10/Marathon station, 810 Highland Ave. Once again, officers found that glass to the front door had been broken. According to reports, officers observed a large “breaker bar” on the floor. It is believed to be the blunt object used to break the door.

Officers also found that cigarette racks were rummaged through and several had been taken.

Both incidents are under investigation. Police have not confirmed that the break-ins are related.

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By Ryan Carter

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