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CRIME ALERT: Police departments on the lookout for gas station thieves

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Police are on the lookout for thieves targeting convenience stores.

The crimes have been reported recently in the Chattanooga and Atlanta areas. It's why departments along I-75 are telling each other to be on the lookout.

Convenience stores aren't just a one stop shop for customers, they also make a thief's job pretty easy.

"Lottery tickets, cigarettes, alcohol, money. And it's all in a pretty enclosed space, so once you get inside, you can get in and out pretty quickly," Bruce Frazier with the Dalton Police Department said.

Police in Kennesaw, Georgia posted an incident on Facebook from October 1, 2018 when police responded to a burglary in progress at a Texaco gas station.

As the suspects were getting away, they exchanged gunfire with the officers. None of the officers were hurt.

One hundred miles away, Chattanooga Police say an ATM was stolen from a gas station but couldn't say from when or where.

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It's unclear if the incidents are connected but departments along I-75 tell Channel 3 they're aware and on alert.

It's part of how intelligence units track crime.

"Police have crime information networks and we share a lot of intelligence so if something happens in Dalton, we're telling people in other towns and same thing," Frazier added.

Frazier said it's not uncommon for thieves to travel when committing crimes where surveillance cameras might be involved and the reason why is simple.

"So that if the police do put your picture out on TV, there will not be somebody that will necessarily recognize you there," he said.

Not only do departments share information with each other, they also notify state and federal authorities.

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