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Some Crimes Can't Be Prevented

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A lightning fast smash-and-grab put one Fargo business out for missing merchandise and money for repairs.

Fargo police say two people broke into the First National Pawn Shop on Main Avenue in Fargo early Monday morning, stealing pocket knives and small electronics.

Police arrived within three minutes of alarms sounding, but the thieves were gone in a flash.

Hidden treasures come into this pawn shop daily, but Mark Wynkoop, a pawn broker, will tell you nothing and no one goes undetected.

"I got in at noon today, and you know, there was a lot of glass everywhere. We were still cleaning up," he said.

Still the security system was cracked with an early morning burglary.

"Burglars are going to be less prone to rob your business if they're worried about people driving by or people seeing them do it," he said. "And I can't think of a much busier road than Main."

You might think they would have thought twice before smashing the glass on the door. Between the traffic outside and the cameras in store, just by choosing this store, those thieves put a target on their back.

"We're constantly interacting with the Fargo, and even the out cities, police departments. Everyday," Wynkoop said. "We help them catch a lot of criminals."

An unlikely victim between police keeping a close eye and more than 20 high definition cameras. But, some crimes just can't be foreseen.

"We really can't. If someone wants to do something, they're going to find a way to do it and you have to be prepared."

The likelihood of police catching these thieves is pretty high. Not only do they have surveillance footage, but each item they stole has a tracking number that makes them easy to identify.

So, the precautions businesses like these take often pay off in the end.

None of the items stolen from the shop were being pawned. Those are kept locked away at night, along with guns and valuable jewelry. Workers say that often deters many thieves.

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