Smithville Police are asking for your help in solving a break-in shortly after midnight last Friday, December 7 at Jewel's Market on South Congress Boulevard across from Dogwood Plaza.
All tips are anonymous and an arrest in the case could mean a reward of up to $1,000 through the Smithville Police Department's Crime Stoppers Program.
As WJLE first reported last Friday, the driver of a stolen Chevy Tahoe backed the SUV into the building, crashing it through the front doors to make entry. The front of the store received significant damage. The driver and passenger then got out of the vehicle and tried to steal the in-store ATM.
Officers arrived on the scene with the burglary still in progress and nearly caught the would be thieves red handed but the two fled on foot into the woods behind the store.
The ATM machine was left outside by the vehicle.
A store clerk said nothing else appeared to have been taken from the store.
No arrests have yet been made in the break-in but Smithville Police now know that the Chevy Tahoe used by the two burglars to crash into the store building was stolen. It was apparently taken from the car lot of Glynn's Auto Sales on West Broad Street.
Meanwhile, 26 year old Jo Carol Summers was cited for shoplifting at Dollar General Store on Tuesday, November 27. Ms. Summers was observed by an employee concealing items from the store in her purse. She will be in court on January 3
33 year old Bradley Harold Pugh and 31 year old Rhonda Michelle King were cited for simple possession on Friday, December 7 While assisting the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, a Smithville Police Officer stopped a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier assault. The officer made contact with the driver, Pugh who gave verbal consent to search his vehicle. The officer found a tin box containing several pills. King was a passenger in the vehicle and a pill, in her possession, was recovered. They will be in court on January 31.
Anyone with information on any criminal activity is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.
Any information received that would help the Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.