Burglars conduct smash-and-grab at Palos Hills gas station

Police in the southwest suburbs are looking for burglars who smashed their way into a business.

The incident took place in Palos Hills.

Not only is the way they did it bold, but we now know police believe it could be connected to a couple other incidents from the same night.

Police say four males wearing hoodies with masks and gloves threw a brick through the window of a Shell gas station.

They were in and out in less than 2 minutes, but not before kicking open an office door. Inside there was a donation jar that had $400 inside. The owner of the gas station was collecting it for his church.

Police also say this break in could be tied to a similar break in that happened at about the same time, as well as some attempted car burglaries.

“To have multiple incidents in a small amount of time in similar areas is rare for this area,” said Sgt. Chris Hughes. “Everybody should have a vested community from the police department to the residents. So you want to see these people caught and brought to justice because it's better for the community as a whole. And it sends a message to people that crime will not be tolerated no matter where you are.”

Police say the burglars also stole cigarettes and even more money, $300.

Police say they then got in a dark colored, 4-door Pontiac with no front license plate.

If you have any information, give police a call.