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Business Owner Asks For Help Catching Thieves

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The owner of a south Columbus business says criminals have crashed a car through his business six times in the last few months in order to steal. He is hoping the public can help identify the person in surveillance video that captured the latest crime.

The owner of Express Beverage on Lockbourne Road says on Sunday morning it was robbed for the sixth time since July.

The owner of a south Columbus business says criminals have crashed a car through his business six times in the last few months in order to steal. He is hoping the public can help identify the person in surveillance video that captured the latest crime.

The owner of Express Beverage on Lockbourne Road says on Sunday morning it was robbed for the sixth time since July.

According to manager Chris Kingery, the suspect crashed through the drive-thru's garage door with a vehicle, and then stole an arm full of cigarettes.

"It breaks my heart. Here we are honest people trying to make an honest living serving our community. And we got these people out here thinking they can just do whatever they want stealing people's property, stealing people's cars," Kingery said.

According to Kingery, the store has lost hundreds of dollars in cigarettes in each incident. Kingery says the garage door costs approximately $2,000 to fix each time.

It is unclear if the same person is responsible for all six incidents, according to investigators.

The manager has a message for the culprits, whom he says are close to driving Express Beverage out of business.

"You guys are forcing us as shop owners to take up arms. Sooner or later it's going to come to a head. You're going to get caught. And nothing good can come from this. So please change your ways," Kingery said.

Anyone with information regarding the thefts is asked to contact Columbus police at 614-645-4545.

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