Thrift Store Hit by Vandals Again

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Investigators could use your help, do you recognize any of these men caught by surveillance cameras Monday night, breaking into a thrift store in Lauderdale County?

The Heritage Ministries Thrift Store has been hit by burglars, for the second time in less than a year.

This time the vandals made a mess of things inside the store and it's hurting more than just the store's owners.

A large rock, surrounded by shards of glass, sits on the floor of the heritage ministries thrift shop near Rogersville.

Gina Weir describes how she found the store Tuesday morning, "I drove up and seen the door had been shattered and my first thoughts was oh my gosh, not again."

Surveillance video shows a white 4-door car pull up to the Highway 72 shop just before 11 o'clock Monday night.

A man gets out and walks up to the front door with a rock in his hand, and throws it through the door then leaves.

One hour later, three men are seen approaching the business on foot.

"Yes I'm hurt, but what people don't realize is that when this happens, it hurts so many others,” said Weir. “Because it takes away from what I do here."

Thrift store owner Gina Weir says proceeds from the sale of goods at the shop help feed the less fortunate.

More than 20 people are probably going to go hungry on Tuesday without her help.     

"I have had to call all the clients today and tell them not to expect a meal.  That's hard, when you know these people are expecting to be fed.  And I don't know if someone is going to run by there and carry them a meal." 

Officers hope these two images will help catch the people who burglarized heritage ministries Monday night.


One of the suspects has 2 tattoos on his back; in the middle a buck deer can plainly be seen.








Ironically, WHNT News 19 featured Heritage Ministries last September in a Pay it Forward story after they got burglarized then.

Call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line if you can help authorities catch the vandals who hit the Heritage Ministries Thrift Store.

That phone number is 256-386-8685 and your tips will remain anonymous.