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News Early morning break-in at Palmer St. Ingles

A cutting torch was used to cut through the thick metal of the safe's door.Money and cartons of cigarettes among items stolen.

The Ingles store on West Palmer Street was burglarized sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. Store employees went to work Wednesday morning to find the lock to the front door had been cut.

The perpetrators made off with money from the store's cash registers and safe as well as multiple cartons of cigarettes. A blow torch was used to cut out a hole in the bottom portion of the safe while the top portion where money that would have been sent to the bank for deposit along with lottery tickets went untouched. They used water from jugs taken off of the shelves of the store to cool the metal down in order to reach inside.

Tills were damaged by the blowtorch.The door of the safe was estimated to be about three to four inches thick. Cash drawers in the office were also pried open. One employee estimated a loss of $2,500 in cash and $3,000 in cigarettes.

As of Wednesday, Franklin Police Department was attempting to obtain a search warrant for a suspect.


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