Burglars break into grocery store while security slept www.privateofficer.com
The burglar used his crowbar to open the door to the grocery store’s second-floor offices and went up the stairs to find three safes, the video showed. While he was breaking into one of the safes, the store’s security guard, who can be seen on the store’s surveillance video asleep on a couch five feet behind the safes, woke up from the noise but, pretended to sleep while the burglar took $250 in cash and change, said Ricky Widdi.
The burglar noticed the security guard sleeping on the couch after he had been in the office for a few minutes. He was startled but waited to make sure the guard was asleep before grabbing a register filled with the money, said Wakeem Widdi.
This is the first major crime that Wakeem Widdi, Ricky’s father and a former owner of the store, can remember since the family opened the store in 1967.
“I’m just glad nobody got hurt,” said Wakeem Widdi. “I always tell them to scream if they hear anything. He could have gotten hurt.”
The hole in the ceiling cost more than $1,000 to fix, said Wakeem Widdi. Ricky Widdi said that he also installed a new bolt lock on the inside of the office door that can be locked from the inside. The security guard, who worked part-time at the store, quit shortly after the burglary, telling the owners he was afraid to work at night, according to Wakeem Widdi. The store owners did not release his name.