Man wanted for multiple smash and grabs

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Police believe a man caught on surveillance video is responsible for breaking in to four Henrico convenience stores, early this morning.

In each scenario, police say a large stone was used to break through the door. Then, the suspect went straight for the cash register, in many cases, ripping it right out of the wall.

Shattered glass still remains after someone broke in to the Market Place convenience store on Patterson Avenue near Starling Drive.

Surveillance tape shows a man hitting the door with a large rock three times before finally shattering the glass.

He ran in, jumped over the counter and got dangerously close to the security camera. His eyes and nose peeked out of the material covering his head. Socks appeared to be over his hands.

As soon as he landed on the other side of the counter, the man picked up the whole cash register and tore it straight out of the wall, knocking dozens of items off the counter.

Fifty seconds later he was out the same way he came in. Not only did this man leave the store with a huge hole in the front door, he also left the owners with a $500 repair bill.

Off camera, the owner says the thief got away with hundreds of dollars.

Three blocks east, police say the same white male smashed the door at a Shell station. Once again, he ripped the cash register out of the wall.

An employee inside said there are no security cameras. The owner of Crystal's Closet next door says he's never been broken into before. He makes a point to keep lights on when he's not open.

"It was very amazing," said Steve Richardson. "We haven't had any problems at all here and the neighborhood. We came this morning and saw all the blue lights flashing and all."

Police rushed to two other smash and grabs 15 minutes away near the Lakeside community.

The Sunoco on the 6700 block of Staples Mill Road and the BP on Hilliard Road were both broken into. Police suspect the same man.

We're told a register was swiped from the BP, but police couldn't say what was taken from the Sunoco.

These cross-town crimes happened between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m.

If you have any information about the man seen in the surveillance video, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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