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Car ramming Kent business caught on camera, second business also damaged by car

KENT, Wash. — Two tobacco shops that are a few miles from one were damaged in Kent overnight.

Paritosh Vakharia, the co-owner of Cigar King on 104th Avenue Southeast and 256th Street said a car rammed into his business.

“Around 3 a.m., some car came in and crashed in, and our alarm company notified us,” said Vakharia.

Surveillance video captured the moment of impact. A white, four-door sedan is seen crashing into the business, breaking a large window. At least three suspects were seen getting out of the car.

Vakharia said nothing was taken from the store.

“I think because of this gate, it held them off so that they weren’t able to get in,” said Vakharia, who has a black metal gate placed behind the large front window.

Vakharia said the suspects left the car behind.

He said that six months ago, they had a break-in where a window was broken and merchandise was taken.

Just three miles away, EZ Tobacco Plus off Meeker Street was also targeted early Wednesday.

Police say the two incidents happened within 40 minutes of each other and were very similar. A car was used to ram into the back door of the second shop.

“Feel a little scary that it’s happening all around the area,” said Vakharia.

Kent police said they are not sure if the incidents are connected. They believe the cars used at the stores may have been stolen.

So far, police have no leads on suspects.