Destructive pawn shop break-in caught on camera

- It was a destructive break-in at a local pawnshop caught on camera. A pickup plowed into the front of pawn shop in Gwinnett County before a half dozen men stormed into the store.

“We are very fortunate that none of the firearms were taken. That's always a concern in cases like this,” said Cpl. Deon Washington, Gwinnett County Police Department.

It happened around 7 a.m. Monday at the Lucky Pawn on Highway 78. The Gwinnett County police quickly release the security footage in hopes someone would recognize at least one of the men.

“For the suspects to do something so bold and brazen as to ram a truck into the side of a business is always alarming,” said Cpl. Washington.

The video shows the six men bolt into the store after the pickup rammed through the front. The men then proceed to grab whatever they can. Police said they made off with TVs and videos games, but couldn’t reach higher-end items such as guns and jewelry because they were locked up tight.

“Outside of a building a large hole can be crashed into the wall. Six individuals can enter a store and flee the scene in approximately one minute and create tens of thousands of dollars of damage,” said Cpl. Washington.

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Cpl. Washington said the truck was still running with headlights on and the driver’s door still wide open when officers arrived. Police said the robbers hopped into another car to get away.

“It was not listed as stolen on the system. So it’s possible that the owner just does not know the truck has been stolen yet. The suspects ultimately fled the scene in, I believe, a silver SUV,” said Cpl. Washington.

Officials said one of the men wore a pretty unique coat that they hope someone will be able to identify.

“At least one of the suspects was wearing an Oreo jacket, that’s very distinct in color and appears to be blue and we hope that someone recognizes that jacket,” said Cpl. Washington. “These are definitely people that we would like to make contact with and arrest as quickly as possible.”

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