Men use hammer to break into various Dunkin Donuts
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- It was hammer time for three break-in suspects on Thursday. They are accused of using sledgehammers during their crimes.
Police said the suspects have struck in several towns and have entered various stores the same way, taking the same types of items.
A Dunkin Donuts in Wellesley was broken into and robbed on Tuesday. The suspects broke in through the drive-through window. Based on what police saw in surveillance video, this incident was the latest in a string of Dunkin Donuts break-ins likely by the same individuals.
The video showed three men breaking into a Dunkin Donuts shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning.
“Two subjects pried the drive-up window using a crow bar. Then the crawl in head first and they let the third subject in by going to the rear door. They were in and out in three minutes. In those three minutes we can see that they used a sledgehammer to break into the office and they stole the safe which was not secured,” said Dept. Chief Bill Brooks of the Wellesley Police Department.
A similar break-in took place at a Quincy Dunkin Donuts after closing on Thursday night.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they were involved in some of the other breaks that are occurring in the area,” said Brooks.
Wellesley police said they are aware of about two dozen other Dunkin Donuts robberies in the greater Boston area in the last several months. They say all of the break-ins are similar.
“They’re happening in the middle of the night. There’s multiple subjects, because most of these places have surveillance cameras and we can see them. So in many times there’s two or three of them that break in. It’s not unusual for them to break in through the drive-up window. It’s not unusual for them to take a safe or to compromise the safe. And the use of tools - the sledgehammer and the crow bar are also similarities we see,” said Brooks.
Wellesley police say they are comparing notes with other police departments.
“Patrol officers around the area are vigilant. They’re keeping an eye on these places late at night, which is how our officer found it. But we’re up against a crew that’s out in under three minutes, so it’s difficult,” said Brooks.
Police said the robbers are likely feeling confident about their ability to break into numerous Dunkin Donuts. Now police said they are just waiting for them to make a mistake.
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