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Masked thieves target ABC Liquor stores in Jacksonville

6:12 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A grab for high-end alcohol has thieves targeting ABC Liquor stores in Jacksonville, with three hits so far in the past month.

The latest was in the wee hours of Thursday morning on Roosevelt Boulevard.

According to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office police report, the unknown suspects made their way into the Roosevelt Boulevard store by throwing concrete into the lower part of the glass door.

Video surveillance showed that four suspects pushed a shopping cart behind the counter and put random liquor bottles in the cart. Then, they tried to exit the store with the cart, but were unable to get the cart out of the store, so they abandoned it, according to the report.

The other store locations that have been targeted were on Cesery and San Jose boulevards.

"Somebody knows what's happening, somebody knows who is doing it," said Wyllie Hodges with First Coast Crime Stoppers.

Hodges, along with representatives from ABC Liquors, met at the Cesery location to announced a combined $6,000 reward for information.

Security cameras captured the burglaries in progress with three and sometimes four men wearing masks breaking the glass front door and making a dash for the counter.

That's where JSO Sergent Mike Shell says expensive spirits were grabbed and carted off. 

Anyone with information can call First Coast Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-TIPS.   

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