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Burglars strike Farragut businesses


Farragut’s StoneCrest shopping center was targeted in a string of burglaries early the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 30.

A 4 a.m. alarm at Executive Cleaners, 10931 Kingston Pike, led Knox County Sheriff’s officers to discover an unlocked door.

Once inside, officers found the unknown burglar had “entered the business through the ceiling and also had damaged a wall,” said KCSO spokesperson Martha Dooley.

$280 in cash was missing.

Officers also found the burglars had cut through the ceiling at Fusion Tanning Studio and Check First Cash Advance.


Owners of the businesses were unsure if anything was missing.

Josephine’s Pizza and New Nails also later reported they had been burglarized, again with damaged ceilings and walls.

Tony Ntuyen, manager at New Nails, said the burglars had moved a television and other items to the back door as if to take them but hadn’t.

Investigators believe the burglars entered Josephine’s first, breaking through walls and ceilings to reach the other businesses. Executive Cleaners was the last to be hit.

When asked if the robberies appeared to be related to the “hole in the wall gang” from past years, Dooley said, “It’s too early in the investigation to tell.”

“It’s all still under investigation at this point,” Dooley said.

 

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