Reward offered in store burglary

STERRETT – A $500 reward is being offered for information about a recent burglary from Whit’s Groceries off Alabama 25 in Sterrett.

Store owner Caroline Dunsmore said two perpetrators broke into the store around 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on April 26 and stole cash, cigarettes, knives and a laptop computer.

The total loss to the store, including damage, was about $10,000, Dunsmore said.

“Part of that money was my money, not just the store’s money,” Dunsmore said.

The suspects broke through the store’s glass front door, Dunsmore said.

“It never triggered the alarm because the alarm is set for door separation not shattered glass,” she said.

Using store surveillance footage, Dunsmore determined the same two suspects visited Whit’s Groceries during operating hours on April 25—to scope out the store, Dunsmore figured.

Dunsmore has posted images of the suspects on social media, along with the reward, in hopes someone knows something about the incident, but information has been hard to come by.

“Nobody recognizes them,” she said.

Investigator Adam Mitchell with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects are likely from out of state.

“The question is what brings them to our state,” Mitchell said. “We’re working on it; it’s just a matter of finding them.”

Mitchell said it has not been determined that the pair were connected to any other crimes.

Anyone with information about the crime or the suspects should contact Mitchell at 670-6045 or amitchell@shelbyso.com.