Well-equipped burglars target area food stores

Parish elders called to be on the lookout for supicious activity

July 12, 2007 at 8:10 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s office is monitoring small businesses in the area very closely due to 5 sophisticated burglaries of local food stores on the east and west banks of the parish, resulted in missing safes and some.

Economical Supermarket in Hahnville, was burglarized in May by someone using sophisticated equipment with an extensive knowledge of alarm systems.

Major Sam Zinna, a spokesman for the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, said in a meeting July 10 . before a group of concerned senior citizens that the sheriff’s office fully intends to use every available resource to catch the burglars.

“We know our elderly in the community are vigilante and are watching, many of the seniors are at home and we ask anyone who has seen anything to come forward and turn the information into the Sheriff’s Office.” he said.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said deputies warned business owners to be alert after the burglaries began in late May, and detectives think the same people are responsible since the methods of entry were similar.

The thieves appear to be targeting mom and pop food stores.

The burglars came in through the roof of Cashio's Food Villa in Destrehan on June 29, cutting through the 2 1/2-inch safe wall to get cash.

“Burglaries in the past have not fit this style,” Chief Deputy Joe Cardella said.

“If any resident has seen anything in their neighborhoods, please call,” he continued.

“If something seems out of place, trust your instincts and call the Sheriff’s Office.”

St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the burglaries to contact Detective Donnie Smith at 985-783-1135.

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