TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are hoping surveillance video of two burglaries at the same store in two days will help identify the culprits.
These after-hours bandits not only struck the store twice, but did it just half a block from the police department.
With the throwing of a brick through the front door of the Chevron station on Sixth Street early Friday morning, a crime spree began. After waiting to see if an audible alarm would go off, burglar number one spent 32-seconds inside the convenience store loading up on smokes.
Fast forward to Saturday night after closing and burglar number two did the same thing.
“It’s incredibly strange that the same M.O.,” stated Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan. “They both did the burglaries the same identical way and especially the burglar on the second night felt very comfortable that the audible alarm was not going to be enough to trigger something he should not be concerned about.”
So comfortable in fact he spent a couple of minutes going through the cash register, grabbing some cigarettes, and then strolling through the store.
We have the clearest picture of suspect number two — and Chief Logan hopes the public can help identify at least one of the tag team duo.
“I know there have been some burglaries at other businesses in other cities along the same line this past weekend, but we really need the public’s in helping us getting these guys identified,” Logan said. That would give the store owner some piece of mind they won’t be hit again anytime soon.
The Shoals Area Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The tip line number is 256-386-8685.