Smash-and-grab burglars hit Aurora stores

AURORA, Colo. - Several business owners are cleaning up after a series of smash and grabs in central Aurora last weekend.

Greg Tataru, owner of the Phone Store on South Peoria Street, said he received an alert on his phone around 3 a.m. Monday. When he checked the store's surveillance on his phone, he saw someone burglarizing it.

"I started shaking all of the sudden. You don't see this everyday, especially on your phone. I was pretty surprised," Tataru said.

Surveillance video shows a Ford F-250 pickup truck slam into a metal barrier outside the Phone Store before two people wearing hooded sweatshirts get out. One heads out of the camera's view to burglarize the nearby Tattoo and Supply. The video shows the second burglar smash through the Phone Store's window with a rock and head for the cash register.

"It definitely was somebody who was here before, because when they got in they went straight to the register," Tataru said.

The burglars stole candy from Tattoo and Supply and about $200 that was in the cash box from his store, Tataru said.

"I was surprised that actually they didn’t take any cellphones or any accessories or any other stuff," Tataru added.

Earlier that night, two people in hoods, also driving a Ford F-250 truck, burglarized Perfect Alternatives just 2 miles away.

Surveillance video shows the smash and grabbers throw a rock through the front door of the business and kick in display cases. The pair stole the store's cash box as well as e-cigarette vaping pens and e-liquid tanks. 

Aurora Police have not said whether the cases are connected.

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