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CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Stolen U-Hauls used in smash & grab at motorsports store

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Stolen U-Hauls used in smash & grab at Hall's Motorsports in Mobile. Source: Dion Carrera Stolen U-Hauls used in smash & grab at Hall's Motorsports in Mobile. Source: Dion Carrera
One of two stolen U-Hauls used in smash & grab. This one was used to crash storefront and was still running and in reverse when MPD arrived. Source: Dion Carrera One of two stolen U-Hauls used in smash & grab. This one was used to crash storefront and was still running and in reverse when MPD arrived. Source: Dion Carrera
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

It's some of the best surveillance video we've seen in a long time -- eight high-performance dirt bikes stolen in an overnight smash and grab. 

It happened early Tuesday morning at Hall's Motorsports on West I-65 Service Road. As seen in the store's surveillance video, it took two stolen U-Hauls and more than a dozen bandits to pull it off. 

The first stolen U-Haul crashed into glass storefront at 2:39 a.m. Two of the thieves almost nearly hit as the U-Haul backed into the store.  The impact triggered the store alarm -- making it a race against time for the 12-hooded bandits who rush into the store. Within seconds they're running out the store with dirt bikes. It all went down in a minute and 30 seconds.  

"They smashed it into the back, jump out and they have a gang of them... Come in and take it and go," explained Dion Carrera, Hall's Motorsports General Manager. 

The thieves were in such a hurry they did not secure the back of the getaway U-Haul and lost two of the dirt bikes on the Service Road.

When Mobile Police arrived on scene the crashed U-Haul left behind was still running and in reverse. 

The clean-up and repairs are underway. With the front of the store, stolen bikes, and merchandise damaged -- the loss is easily more than $100,000. 

"All it does is hurt us as consumers and the small businessman who is trying to help everybody else," said Carrera. 

Mobile Police are doing extra patrols in the area. They don't believe the thieves are from the area, but are believed to travel the interstate hitting up businesses. Still if you have information about this case you're asked to call Mobile Police at 251-208-1700.

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