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Thieves steal high priced tools

LEBANON, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- A group of thieves makes off with thousands of dollars worth of expensive tools from local stores.
Workers say the men are hitting the "Rural King" stores in Lebanon and Hamilton while they're open for business.  The Hamilton store was hit again Monday afternoon.  Workers have video of the men and say most of the time it appears that the same people are grabbing the tools and running out of the stores.

A group of men walking through Rural King in Lebanon appear to be normal customers.  They're in the tool section of the store filling a trash can with expensive Dewalt and Milwaukee tools.

Danny Young of Rural King said, "And that's what they hit, high dollar amount items.  They usually put them in trashcans or cover them up with their carts and they run out the side door."

Thieves hit Rural King on Deerfield Road in January making off with more than 1,600 dollars worth of merchandise.  Last Wednesday store workers say they were back stealing more than 2,800 dollars in products.

Young said, "Here's a watch out person, telling them what to get what they need and usually there's a person setting out in the car waiting for them to get in the car."
And they've also been to Rural King's Hamilton store at least twice.  Workers say the group is organized.  They don't have tags on their car because they know what's happening they think whoever is doing this crime is smart. 
Police think the same men are involved in most of the crimes.  There are cameras all over the store so the crooks don't seem to be too worried about their faces being seen.  Store workers are keeping a close eye out for anyone who looks suspicious.

Workers believe three to five men are involved.  They say the store's Xenia location and one in Montgomery County have also been hit.

If you have any information that can help police find the people responsible call Local 12's partners in Crime Stoppers.  The number is 352-3040.

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