2 Shawnee businesses burglarized early on Thanksgiving Day - KCTV5

2 Shawnee businesses burglarized early on Thanksgiving Day

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SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

The Shawnee Police Department is investigating two business burglaries that happened early Thursday morning.

Police say an alarm sent them to the Discount Smokes on Nieman Rd. just after 2:30 a.m. When they got there, they found the front glass to the business shattered. They also found that several items had been stolen.

The 45-second robbery cost the owner $7,000. Surveillance video from the store shows three people carrying as much merchandise as they could to a car parked outside. After that, you can see them take off in a blue passenger car.

The store's owner, Lucky Lakhani, says that you can see them go straight for the cigars from a different angle. 

Lakhani said the items can be replaced, but the time with his family can't. "We wanted to have Thanksgiving Day off," he said. "We have two days off in the year. One is Thanksgiving and one is Christmas."

Instead, he was in the store cleaning up the mess that was left behind and sweeping up glass. Within hours, the front door that was broken into had been replaced. 

While the owners are glad no one was hurt, Lakhani said he hopes the people who committed the crime are caught soon. 

Shortly after this, around 3 a.m., police went to a second alarm call at the Shell Gas Station on Hedge Lane Terrace. They found the front door damaged, but it did not appear as if anyone was able to get inside.

Authorities have not yet confirmed the two incidents are related.

At this time, police say they have no suspect information.

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