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Nearly 50 smash and grabs in Cleveland area have victims asking questions

This convenience store in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland is boarded up from a smash and grab. (Source: WOIO) This convenience store in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland is boarded up from a smash and grab. (Source: WOIO)
Nadra Henen says they cannot afford to fix the mess the thieves left behind. (Source: WOIO) Nadra Henen says they cannot afford to fix the mess the thieves left behind. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Cleveland Police continue to investigate another "smash and grab" that happened Monday morning near Broadview Road and I-480.

Cleveland and its suburbs have seen nearly 50 smash and grabs in less than a year, and many of the suspects are still on the loose.

These criminals are leaving behind more than a mess-- they're costing small business owners money.

They’re also stealing minivans from unsuspecting people and victims are left wondering what it's going to take to stop these crimes.

In several of these cases, surveillance cameras caught the criminals in action as they rammed minivans into stores and smashed through the windows.

Then they got out and grabbed the ATM-- getting away in another van.

Cases like this have left store owners like Nadra Henen devastated.

Henen owns Convenient Food Mart in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland. Her windows are still boarded up from a smash and grab from a few weeks ago.

“This happened is stressful, so stressful [sic],” she said.

She doesn't have insurance and she says it's too expensive to fix.

Nadra doesn't know what they're going to do.

“Maybe I have to get the whole building knocked down and build from the beginning!” she said laughing.

Over on the east side of Cleveland, Don Shear watched as a thief stole his wife's minivan from right out of their driveway in broad daylight.

“So I jump in my vehicle and head down the street to pursue him, they rip a U-turn at the end of the street, come speeding the wrong way, almost hitting me,” Shear said.

He says the thief almost ran into a police officer's car at the end of the street, but the officer did not stop him.

“All you're doing is allowing the criminals to do what they want to do,” Shear said.

They filed a police report and later learned their minivan was used in a smash and grab. They're not sure if they can drive it once they get it back. Right now it’s in the city’s impound lot.

Shear says his wife is having a hard time getting to and from work.

“Now that we don't have it, we're stuck with this thing that barely runs, we're stuck trying to borrow cars, and we shouldn't have to borrow cars. We sunk all of our money into this vehicle just to get it running to where she could depend on it,” Shear said.

Cleveland Police changed their chase policy as a part of the consent decree with the Department of Justice in 2014.

Officers are only allowed to chase suspects if they catch them in a crime of violence or if they're impaired while driving.

The police union says this change "empowers the bad guys."

The city of Cleveland did not respond to our request for a comment.

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