At 8:56 p.m. Aug. 9, a manager of a store on Empire Boulevard reported seeing three men pushing a large safe in a shopping cart from outside a convenience store on the 400 block of Empire Boulevard. When the store clerk was contacted by police, he said he was not aware of any problem, but when he went to check a locked, separate office area, he found the lock broken and the door wide open. The $200 safe containing $8,000 in store and lottery receipts was gone. Damage to the office door is estimated at $50.
It's so hard to find good help these days. "No officer, I did not see or hear the three men break a locked door in my store, steal a safe that was heavy enough that three men couldn't carry it, and instead took one of my shopping carts to haul it off. But it was Monday. The Bachelorette was on."