Backhoe Smashes Drug Store

Backhoe Smashes Drug Store

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Outside this smashed store front people stop and marvel at the damage.  The front of Central Drugs is crushed.  Inside a giant drink cooler is shoved five feet forward--apart from the damage the thieves didn't get anything--not even the drugs they were probably after.

“I really don't know how to react to it it's just a pain in the butt, from the word go they do so much damage trying to break in to get something that's not that valuable,” says store owner Ralph Nichols.  Neighbors say this isn't the first time a piece of construction equipment was used to try and break in.

“They're driving it down, nobody hears anything, nobody sees anything and then they come and ram it into the building by the time they knock the wall down, then the police shows up,” says the owner of the building Bobby Millsap.  The thieves started at this construction site, broke through this fence, and then made the half-mile trip down Wilson Avenue.  It's one of Prichard's busiest streets.   

“When we got down there, there were no keys in it, each night we check to make sure there are no keys in it just in case, I don't know if they hotwired it or could get a screwdriver in it but it was definitely not started with a key,” says construction site worker Terry Epperson. 

The owner of the backhoe says whoever did this probably knew what they were doing because the thief ducked the machine under low hanging power lines.  The thief probably had his own key too.  Heavy equipment keys are universal.  You could buy your own set online as long as you knew exactly what type of machine you were using.

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