Burglaries at DeKalb gas station have customers, area residents worried

Criminals have targeted a DeKalb County gas station convenience store four times in the past four months, and personnel and customers are concerned.

“Not sure why we’re being targeted,” employee Abdullah Ibrahim told Channel 2 Action News.

Surveillance video shows four men getting out of a black car, then breaking into the store on La Vista Road in Tucker using bolt cutters and a crowbar.

Once inside, the men stole lottery tickets, cigarettes and even a safe. 

 “First of all, you can’t open that. Second, it’s too heavy,” Ibrahim said. 

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 In April, the store was burglarized three times in a week, but no arrests were made.

Since then, Ibrahim said the store’s camera system has been updated and bars have been installed on the doors and windows. 

DeKalb County police told Channel 2 the same men are responsible for several break-ins over the past few months across metro Atlanta, from Gwinnett County to Flowery Branch.

Police also said the same men that broke into the store in April likely were the ones that came back last week.

“This has a huge impact on our business, neighborhood, customers, management, people who work here,” Ibrahim said. “We’ve been suffering with customers getting scared, many other things.” 

 Regulars found the news disturbing. 

 “I’m scared for my life,” customer Jaquon Allen said. “If they’ll break into a store, you know, they’ll break into a house. That’s dangerous.”


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