Smash-and-grab thieves use pickup truck to break into Merion Village garages

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A rash of smash-and-grab garage break-ins in Merion Village has neighbors concerned, some sharing photos of the damage done to their homes.

In some cases after breaking into the garages, the thieves got away with some of what’s inside.

The thieves were at it again Saturday, with one garage being hit in the middle of the day.

Neighbors said a pickup truck is being backed into the garages to break them open.

Surveillance video shows a blue truck driving down an alley along East Jenkins Street. Another camera shows when the truck stops and backs right into a neighbor’s garage.

After the truck slammed into the garage door, the door is all bent out of shape and off the rollers.

Someone gets out, crawls into the garage, and takes a ladder.

That’s all they got away with.

Ten days earlier, on a rainy night just down the alley, surveillance video caught a white pickup back into a different garage, Abraham Darst’s garage.

“More mad than anything,” Darst said of the incident.

He said the two people weren’t able to get anything from the garage. In the video, you can see one person get back in the passenger seat, another into the driver’s seat, and then drive off.

“Couple thousand dollars in damage, every singer roller/bracket was broke off,” Darst said. “You can see all the panels that were bent.”

On the same night Darst’s garage was broken, Osric Flores said his was, too.

“It infuriates me,” said Flores. “We work hard to make the neighborhood nice and everyone trying to look out for each other, people just trying to steal from what we have really.”

He’s already had his garage replaced. Nothing was taken, but the cars inside were damaged.

Neighbors said these kinds of thefts have happened about seven to 10 times in the last 10 days.

One woman who didn’t want to go on camera said her kayak, grill, and lawnmower were all taken from her garage.

“They get everything,” Flores said. “They’re taking whatever they can and running with it.”

Neighbors have been in contact with Columbus Police about the smash-and-grab thefts.

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