Burglars target pair of sporting goods stores in Johnson County - KCTV5

Burglars target pair of sporting goods stores in Johnson County

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The burglars pried the doors open and rushed into the stores. (KCTV5) The burglars pried the doors open and rushed into the stores. (KCTV5)
Police believe the same four burglars are responsible for both break ins. (KCTV5) Police believe the same four burglars are responsible for both break ins. (KCTV5)
JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

Police in two Johnson County cities are searching for the four burglars who forced their way into two Dick's Sporting Goods stores early Tuesday morning.

Authorities say the four suspects broke into the two stores between 2:30 and 3 a.m.

Burglars broke into the store located at 5600 Antioch Road in Merriam, KS, and 11801 Nall Avenue in Leawood, KS. The two stores are about 12 miles apart.

The burglars pried the doors open and rushed into the stores.

Police have limited information about the four individuals as they all were dressed from head to toe in black, were wearing gloves and had their faces covered during the break in.

Authorities say the burglars seemed to know what they were after. Officers say at each store the suspects quickly grabbed high-end Nike clothing before running from the location.

Police believe the same four burglars are responsible for both break-ins.

“You would normally think of smashing out the door windows rather than pry them open, but in this case, they pried open the front doors and then ran in,” Leawood Police Captain Brad Robbins said.

Capt. Robbins says both departments are working together to keep something like this from happening again.

“We don’t have a lot of burglaries in the commercial districts, regardless of which type of store, so it is generally uncommon," Robbins said.

No damage was reported at either store.

Both stores are equipped with security cameras but it is unclear if police will be able to get any information from the cameras.

Police say no other businesses in the area have reported break-ins and that no one was hurt during the break-ins.

No arrests have been made.

Officers do say that they looked at video from traffic cameras in the area and that they are looking for a getaway vehicle. They have not released that description yet.

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