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Sheriff seeks eastern Wake smash-and-grab suspects

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RALEIGH ­— The Wake County Sheriff’s Office said it is looking for two men who drove an SUV into three eastern Wake County convenience stores and stole goods early Christmas morning.

The first incident happened just before 4 a.m. at the On The Way Gas and Grocery store, 2501 Old Milburnie Road, about 2 miles northwest of Knightdale. The thieves triggered the store’s alarm and deputies responded, according to a press release.

Then after 5 a.m., deputies responded to the Handy Hugo store at 6927 Buffaloe Road in eastern Raleigh for a similar incident, the release said. That store is less than 2 miles from the first store.

The third break-in happened shortly after at BJ’s Grocery Store, 3317 Rolesville Road near Wendell, deputies said.

The sheriff’s office said the suspects were seen on camera at one of the locations using a gray Chevrolet Suburban which had been stolen from a charter school in Raleigh. That vehicle was found abandoned that afternoon near North New Hope and Louisburg roads.

Deputies processed the vehicle for evidence. No arrests have been announced.

The suspects were described as black men. Images released by the sheriff’s office showed suspects wearing all-black clothes, including hoodies, grabbing items and running out through the broken front doors.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 919-856-6911.