Smithville Convenience Store Burglarized

March 13, 2008
Dwayne Page

Another Smithville business has been burglarized.

Smithville Police Chief Richard Jennings told WJLE Thursday afternoon that someone broke into the Smithville BP convenience store at 627 West Broad Street around 1:13 a.m. Thursday but the intruder quickly left after the motion sensor alarm in the store activated.

According to Officer Scott Davis' report, "I was dispatched to the business in reference to a burglar alarm. Upon my arrival, I discovered that an unknown subject had made entry into the rear of the business. The suspect gained entry into the business by knocking a hole into the concrete wall with a sledge hammer. Once inside, the suspect then crawled toward the front of the business when he activated the alarm." The suspect then fled the scene, apparently going back out the same way he came in.

The complainant, Rasikkumar Patel, stated at the time of the report that he could not determine if any merchandise or money was missing. Patel stated that he was going to do a complete inventory of the store.

The estimated amount of damage to the building is approximately $2,000.

The suspect, whose image was captured from the store surveillance camera, is described as a male, approximately 5' 10 inches to 6' 1 inch, weighing 180 to 210 pounds. He was wearing a ball cap and a white zip-up hoodie jacket with some sort of design over the entire jacket, and jeans.

If you have information that could help solve the crime, contact the Smithville Police Department.

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