LYNNVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Law enforcement in three counties remain on the lookout for Thanksgiving Day thieves who torched a truck after using it to break into a Giles County store.
Surveillance video shows the break in occurred around 3:45 a.m. at the Flag Springs Market in Lynnville, Tennessee, about 65 miles southwest of Nashville.
According to the store’s owner, Joyce King, the suspects used a stolen Dodge pickup truck to hook a thick logging chain to the front door in order to gain access to the store.
“They took the chains and tied it to the back of the truck and they pulled on it. When they did, it came loose,” King said. “It broke the lock.”
Once gaining access to the store, surveillance video shows a woman bolting into the store, hopping over the counter and going straight to a cash register and cigarette display.
A male accomplice also quickly entered the store and pulled out the cash drawer, which contained just $5. He then moved on and grabbed a single pack of Marlboro Black cigarettes.
Detective Shane Hunter of the Giles County Sheriff’s Department told News 2 the suspects likely cased out the store because of how easily they navigated it once inside.
The pair got away with $500 worth of cigarettes. King said the store sustained thousands in damages.
“It’s the people of the community that is going to lose because you have to recoup your losses somehow, right? You have to go up on prices to recoup that,” she said.
After leaving the store, the pair fled in the stolen truck valued at more than $20,000. It was later found torched in Lewis County.
The truck’s owner, Earl Beadle had a message for the criminals saying, “I hope you get caught. You better let them catch you, than me.”
The owner of the Flag Springs Market is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Detective Hunter said at the time of the crime both suspects were wearing very specific shoes.
“Notice her shoes. They are Nike Shox running shoes with pink laces,” he said.
The male suspect was wearing what are believed to be a pair of MOCS.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Giles County Sheriff’s Office at 931-363-2460.