Church-run fireworks booth broken into, looking for suspect

TONEY, Ala. (WHNT) – Two men broke into a Toney fireworks stand, just two days before the celebrations start for the 4th of July.

Unfortunately employees at this fireworks stand are no stranger to 4th of July party bummers. This is their second break in, and this time it was all caught on surveillance video.

Daniel Hilligoss was working the day after the break in.

“We do have surveillance inside the firework booth,  and we did realize it was being broken into.”

WHNT News 19 got a copy of that surveillance video. It shows a man walking into the booth, then another man joining him in smashing the cash registers on the floor.

“They tried to retrieve cash from the registers, which there wasn’t any except for some change”, Hilligoss said.

But, they did walk away with more than the classic bottle rockets and black cats.

“They also found the Tablet that we use to take credit card transactions, so they got away with that.”

They made a few reinforcements to the stand to prevent another holiday have-not. Especially since this wasn’t the first time. Someone broke into the church group’s stand last 4th of July, but they caught that man immediately after. However, that is the reason why surveillance is in the stand now.

“Any business with a small trailer like this is easy to target, and break into in a rural area with not a lot of traffic,” said Hilligoss. “It is a risk, to be subject to a break in.”

While Madison County investigators work to figure out who tried to ruin the 4th of July spirit at the Apostolic Truth fireworls stand, employees say they won’t let the break in put a damper on their holiday spark.

“We’ll continue to sell fireworks for the holiday season, for people to be able to enjoy.”

The sales benefit the church’s youth group, supporting camp meetings and helping them help the community during the year. It’s the only annual fundraiser they have.

If you know any details or recognize the men in the video, call Investigator Finley with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

They say a fireworks stand break-in in Limestone County may be related.

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