Police release surveillance video of crime spree

By Melissa Etezadi | 

It was all caught on camera -- thieves breaking into businesses, stealing merchandise, even stealing a car. Now police hope releasing this surveillance video will help catch those responsible.

"It all began at G&L refrigeration," explains Lt. Shannon Smith with the Somerset Police Department, "they stole electronic equipment, car radios, merchandise as well as a fuel card. They took that fuel card and went across the street where they tried to fill up their gray Chevy Avalanche with gas."

Police say when the card would not go through the thieves went to the Marathon down the street. "The video shows the thief talking to the clerk inside, trying to convince him that the card was his but it didn't work. You see him leave the store, get back into the car with the three other people, and go across the street. It's at that time that the four thieves break in the Kentucky Blood Center. They stole medical equipment, gift cards and other goods. Once they got outside of the building, they broke into one of the cars and stole it. The car, a Honda Element, had logos and art work for the central Kentucky Blood Center all over it." Lieutenant Smith goes on to explain that "about two hours after they fled, we got a call from a Speedway in Versailles reporting that a car with Kentucky Blood Center decals all over it had just filled up with gas and sped off."

Police say that within a few days the Central Kentucky Blood Center was notified about one of their cars being abandoned in Louisville. Police say it is the same car that was stolen from the blood center in Somerset.

"We have no idea if these thieves are connected to Louisville or if they just ditched the car cause they didn't need it anymore. We hope someone will recognize one or all four of these individuals in the video. These thieves caused a lot of damage to two businesses and they need to be held responsible."

Police say anyone who calls with tips in this case can remain anonymous. Their tip line is 606-676-TIPS.

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