VIDEO: Reward offered in Akron smash-and-grab

Posted at 6:26 AM, Sep 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-28 06:26:28-04

Akron police are looking for the man responsible for smashing a truck through the front of an East Waterloo Road cell phone store early Monday.

According to police, the man used a pickup truck to smash through the front the Wireless City just after 12:30 a.m. at the South Plaza Shopping Center in the 400 block of East Waterloo Road.

The impact broke all the windows of the store and a window in the neighboring Burger King.

Police said the man first started using bricks to break the windows but was unsuccessful. He then used a pickup truck backing into the store twice before running inside.

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The owner of the store, Ali Hamdan, shared store surveillance video with that shows the suspect running into the store and using a trash can to gather as many devices as he could before running back to his truck.

The suspect then returned to the store and stole a few more small items including a laptop before leaving the area.

Hamdan is offering $1,000 to anyone who can help catch the man responsible.

The suspect used a hooded sweatshirt to cover his face during the entire burglary.

The truck used was an older red pickup truck with a silver tool box in the bed.

Anyone who might have seen something in the area is urged to call Akron police at (330) 375-2552.