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Police recovered this week a tow truck they believe was used to break into a party store in southwest Detroit on Saturday.

The tow truck, found Monday in the same section of the city, also may be linked to other incidents in the area over the weekend, Officer Jennifer Moreno said. She did not provide information on those incidents.

Police continue to look for suspects in the theft that occurred between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. at the Woodmere Party Store at 9210 Fort.

Thieves used a tow truck to smash into the back of the building, owner Jerry Karmo said. They took money and caused $7,000 in damage, he said.

Karmo said he discovered the theft around 9:30 a.m. Saturday while opening the store for the day. He said the building had no power and the back room had a large hole in it.

“I saw the sun,” he said. “It was bright.”

Karmo said he’s owned his store for 23 years and noticed an increase in crime in recent years. About four years ago a suspect used a car to break into the store, he said.

“We’re going to try more security, better security, put steel bars around the building,” Karmo said. “People don’t have money. They don’t want to work. They just want easy money.”

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