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Mob of thieves descends on Atlanta store

ATLANTA, June 28 (UPI) -- A smash-and-grab mob of almost a dozen thieves plundered a clothing boutique in downtown Atlanta in an early morning robbery, police said.

Around 3 a.m. Tuesday the mob entered the Sole boutique after smashing out the front windows, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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The thieves took off with shoes, jeans, t-shirts, jackets, hats and watches, and even stole the store mannequins, Sole owner Helene Senecharles said.

"We work very hard and put a lot in this store," said Senecharles, who opened the store four years ago about a block off Centennial Olympic Park.

"It's going to cost us an arm and a leg to put it back together," she said.

Store manager Charlene Carmichael, Senecharles' daughter, said surveillance video showed a white van pulling up with about a dozen people, believed to all be men, inside.

The suspects "had a terrorist look to them," she said. "They had white t-shirts tied around their heads, with eyes cut out so they could see."

The break-in left her feeling "violated," Carmichael said.

"Someone's come in and taken everything you work hard for. It's not a good feeling at all."

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