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Suspects leave large hole in side of Mentor-on-the-Lake convenience store after smash and grab

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Posted at 12:39 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 13:28:33-04

Police are searching for the culprits who left a huge hole in the side of a convenience store after smashing a minivan into the building. 

Mentor-on-the-Lake police reported officers responded on Sunday to an alarm at a convenience store on Munson Road. When they arrived, officers found a large hole in the west side of the building. 

According to police, a minivan with rear-end damage was found in a parking space next to the building. Mentor police were contacted and helped to check the interior of the store. 

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Police learned that the minivan used to smash the wall and enter the building was stolen from a local apartment complex. The only item missing from the store was an ATM machine. The suspects allegedly left the area with another vehicle. 

Mentor-on-the-Lake police said this crime may be connected to a large ring of smash and grab thieves working throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan area. 

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This is an ongoing investigation. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Mentor-on-the-Lake Police Department Detective Bureau at 440-257-7234.