SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police in Spring Hill are asking for the general public’s assist in discovering those answerable for a sequence of vape retailer burglaries.
One incident occurred at round 1 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 on the Outdated College Vapor store.
That’s the place a thief allegedly used a rock to smash the glass, steal costly vape merchandise and go away earlier than police arrived.
The excellent news is that the thief reportedly minimize his hand and left a path of blood and fingerprints which were despatched to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab for evaluation.
The proprietor of Outdated College Vapor, Kim Proctor, informed Information 2 the continuous pricey crimes will pressure him to place bars on his shops.
Proctor owns 5 vape outlets within the space; two in Columbia, two in Spring Hill, and one in Franklin.
He mentioned vape retailer bandits are costing him 1000’s and are severely testing his persistence.
“It use to be 18 years outdated to purchase tobacco merchandise. They raised it to 21 and it has created a black market form of factor the place individuals suppose they’ll break in and steal what they need as a result of they can not purchase. I’m attempting to do the correct factor by using 35 individuals in 5 totally different shops, and all I’ve is individuals breaking out my glass and stealing stuff.”
Police in Spring Hill are additionally in search of one other vape retailer thief who allegedly stole from the King of Vape retailer on Port Royal Street on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
The thief was carrying a bike helmet and reportedly come again to the crime scene a number of instances. Surveillance video from the shop exhibits the thief smashing the glass with a hammer.
When he entered the shop, police mentioned he minimize his hand. Video exhibits the bandit hopping the counter and stealing costly vape merchandise earlier than leaving in an older mannequin Lexus SUV, presumably silver in shade.
It simply so occurs a person driving by the shop heard the break-in and captured video displaying the SUV driving away. It’s unknown why the person didn’t instantly notify police.
It’s additionally unknown why the thief returned to the scene of the crime 26 minutes later, this time with out a helmet.
Now simply carrying a material over his face, the thief got here and went a number of instances over the following 4 minutes, stealing extra merchandise.
Physique digital camera video exhibits the cops responding to the break-in the second the alarm firm lastly notified them of the crime.
When officers first arrived, it was unclear whether or not the thief was nonetheless within the retailer, so officers made a plan.
“We received a room to the again and loo to the correct,” an officer mentioned.
With weapons and flashlights drawn the officers moved in, sweeping the constructing till it was clear.
Anybody with extra info is requested to name the Spring Hill Police Division at 931-486-2252.