Two burglary suspects apparently couldn’t wait until Thanksgiving weekend, and decided to go on a different type of doorbuster spree a week early. Police in Modesto, California responded to a shopping center early Friday morning and found the door of an establishment literally busted open. Security video shows two men approaching a store and one of them attacking the door with an ax.
The property features a Walmart location in the shopping center, but the target was the Royal Flame Tobacco shop neighboring the retail giant.
Officers said they found shards of the glass door and cash strewn about the scene. The Modesto Police Department said in a Facebook post they have yet to identify the suspects, but noted that it’s possible that at least one of them, if not both, could have sustained injuries as a result of entering the store by climbing through the broken glass.
Police officers who responded to the burglary alarm met with the store’s owner, who showed them the above security video. The suspects are said to have made off with an undisclosed sum of cash.
The shopping center is open 24 hours a day, and the Modesto Police Department said they believe the “brazen ax wielding burglars” and a possible getaway vehicle may have been seen by others in the area. They’re also calling on the suspects’ friends and family to come forward if they have any information. Those with tips may receive a cash award, the police said.
[Image via Modesto Police Department screengrab]
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