More details have been released in the commercial burglary late last month at the Trex Mart in Camden Point, Mo., but no charges have yet been filed.
According to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, two vehicles linked to the crime have been identified, including a stolen truck used to rip the ATM from the store’s lobby. Authorities are seeking assistance from the public to identify the suspects who broke into the building just before midnight on Wednesday, July 26.
Two suspects occupying a white Ford truck broke into the closed business, tied a tow strap around the ATM and pulled the ATM through the front of the business, according to the release. Video obtained from the store shows the ATM being ripped through the glass entryway.
The suspects loaded the ATM into the back of the truck and fled the scene. Platte County Sheriff’s Office deputies pursued the fleeing white Ford truck for a short time, terminating the pursuit on the back roads due to flash flooding conditions.
The stolen white Ford used in the burglary was recovered two days later in a tree line in the 16000 block of Sharp Station Road outside of Camden Point. Two other vehicles were reported stolen the morning of July 27 in this same area.
Also in the video, a small red SUV is observed driving up to the Trex Mart just prior to the suspect white Ford Truck. The SUV left with the suspect truck and is believed to be involved, according to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information regarding this burglary and stolen auto cases are encouraged to provide the information. The public is asked to contact TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS or via the Sheriff’s Office website crime tip form at http://plattesheriff.org/crime-tip-form.
The Trex Mart in Camden Point became the site of a burglary investigation for the second time in a span of six months.
According to the company’s Facebook post, the most recent crime did thousands of dollars of damage to the front counter area and shelving throughout the store. A cleanup effort allowed the store to open the next day while repair work continues.
Photos from the scene show large amounts of broken glass, twisted metal in the entryway and a large area ransacked during the crime. There was also visible damage to computers and other items.
On Thursday, Jan. 19 of this year, four individuals forced their way into the Camden Point store at about 1 a.m. and used a pry bar to remove a safe located under a counter. Surveillance camera footage from the store showed the suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts pulled tight to partially obscure their faces.
Pictures of two of the suspects were provided to the public, but no charges have been filed in that case, either.