- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say masked thieves smashed through a Hoover electronics store’s wall, stealing at least $100,000 worth of merchandise.

Hoover police spokesman Capt. Gregg Rector tells news outlets that the break-in occurred at a Best Buy early Monday.

Rector says the three suspects could be part of a larger group that has targeted other Best Buy stores in other southeastern states.

Rector says the suspects first tried to cut a hole in the roof, but either failed or changed their minds. Investigators believe the men then used sledgehammers and a cutting tool to make a hole about two feet in diameter in the back of the building without triggering an alarm.

Police say the suspects stole laptops, iPads and iPods, as well as other devices.

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