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A disturbing trend in burglaries lately across Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A disturbing trend in burglaries lately across Charlotte.

At least ten businesses were robbed in the middle of the night by men using wire cutters, an electric saw, and in one instance, a pair of walkie-talkies.

"They are going right to the power box," said CMPD Detective Marty Cuthbertson. "What they did was cut the phone lines and they cut the power lines."

The dissected phone wires are obvious to see behind a strip mall on Sugar Creek near Hidden Valley.

Crooks thought they were disabling the burglar alarm and video surveillance system, but as it turns out, the unblinking camera eye caught a man dressed in blue from head to toes.

He apparently used a pry bar to force his way into the back of the Subway Sandwich shop.

Surveillance shows him drinking a bottle of some liquid, then talking on a hand-held radio to his lookout man outside.

"You got guys inside the business and guys outside watching. I think these people are communicating with each other, telling them where they are."

During the burglary, we see a crook using an electric saw to break into the safe. He struggles and apparently gets so warm he takes off his head covering, revealing a balding black male. He also turns to the camera while talking on the walkie talkie.

One more curious moment-- he turns off the light in the store before he leaves.

"I think, and the owner agrees, it's possibly someone who knew the setup of this whole shopping center, to go straight to the power box. They knew exactly where to go."

But this isn't the only business in Charlotte that's been broken into this way.

"I would approximate at least over ten places throughout the city of Charlotte and it's the same method."

Police need your help to catch these burglars. Call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 with an anonymous tip and you could earn a $1,000 reward. 

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