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Thieves Break Into Two Hawkins Restaurants

It was 3a.m. in Hawkins--long after quitting time at the Sonic Drive-In.  But surveillance video showed a truck pulling through the parking lot anyway.  Seconds later, two men shattered the window with an axe and headed inside.

"They spent 17 seconds trying to get the safe out, couldn't get it and took off," said Jacob Foster, the assistant manager.

Monday, the window was still boarded up.  Jacob said he showed up for work Thursday morning.  When he came in he noticed glass everywhere.  "They didn't get anything and left some good evidence behind," he said.

After leaving empty-handed, the thieves decided to try again--this time just minutes away at the Subway on Hwy. 14. 

Charlotte Williams is the owner.  "You just feel very violated," she said.  "It just worries you--for your employees and the safety of your employees."

There, the suspects took a rock and busted through another window, taking the drive-through register with them--all within 20 seconds.  They didn't make off with any serious cash, but police are hoping to stop them before they strike again. 

"We don't want this in our community," said Lt. A.J. Randell with the Hawkins Police Department.  "If they hit these two Thursday night, they might come back and try to hit something else."

Police are still looking for a late model, silver/gray Chevy, or GMC pick-up.  If you have any information, please contact Hawkins Police: 903.769.3628.

Layron Livingston, Reporting  

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