Inept crime doesn't pay
Persistence failed to pay off for one man who tried several ways to break into a local jewelry store, finally using his car as a battering ram.
A video recorded by a surveillance camera at Garon's Jewelry and Design on Connelly Springs Road in the Whitnel area shows that a man approached the store about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and took a hammer to the main entrance and several windows of the building, and he also tried to kick them in, but they had bars so he could not get in. A few minutes later, he is seen on the video driving a Ford Taurus sedan into the door five times, but he still was not able to get into the building.
Lenoir police said that around midnight, officers saw a damaged car behind the Tobacco to Go store on McLean Drive. They questioned the car's owner, Quintin Isaiah Thomas, 20, of 321 Connelly Springs Road, Thomas was arrested and charged with willful and wanton injury to real property, possession of marijuana, and probation violation. His bond was set at a total of $4,500. He is scheduled to appear in Caldwell District Court on May 14.
Store owner Garon Mabe said it will cost him about $5,500 to repair the damage.
"Fortunately, we were closed on Wednesday, so we were able to take care of insurance and clean the place up," Mabe said.
Mabe credits bulletproof glass and metal bars for preventing Thomas from actually entering the story. The bad news is, the store's alarms did not go off.
"I am installing window sensors. That will set off the alarm if they are messed with too much," Mabe said.
The store's windows had been smashed with a hammer on April 13, but police do not think the incidents are related.