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Bolton Ave. Burglaries

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ALEXANDRIA, La. - Several robberies around Alexandria are just a few examples of the large handful that police have been dealing with. In some cases, stores have been hit more than once in a matter of days.

Police say several Bolton Avenue businesses have been hit with break-ins and attempted break-ins.

News Channel 5's Brooke Buford stopped by the Save-A-Lot store to talk about the problem, and why the store is hoping some surveillance video might help them get the suspects behind bars.

Save-A-Lot has been spending-a-lot of time talking to police lately.

"It's very frustrating," said Leonard Clark, the store manager. "We're trying to get an honest living and you have people who don't have anything else to do. Just come and destroy your business."

Two weeks ago, the grocery store was burglarized. Two days later, it happened again.

"Two days after they broke in and took the candy, they came back a couple of days later and threw a brick and broke the window and were attempting to get back in," Clark said. "It's becoming a problem."

It's a problem that other stores across Alexandria are running into. Police say last month, a Dollar General was hit. It was the same story, two times in matter of days.

The Family Dollar on Bolton had break-ins, too. They happen to be right next store to Clark's store.

He says he hopes surveillance video will help catch the thieves who stole from him.

The big question is: Are any of these connected? We took that question to APD, who say break-ins are typical during the summer because more people are out and about. They don't know if some or any of them are connected, but they do know that stores like Clark's that keep a watchful eye on their floor, are the surest way to catch the suspects.

"Surveillance video, a lot of times is very helpful," said Sgt. Bruce Fairbanks with APD. "We were able to clear up a burglary and obtain a suspect through burglary video. Our investigation division was able to identify."

While police have been able to arrest two people so far in this recent string of thefts, store managers are hoping that their store thieves will be caught soon, so they can get back to business.

"I'm kind of hoping this is the end of it," Clark said. "I'm really hoping that this is the end of it."

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