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VIDEO: Thieves use a sledgehammer to bust through Detroit party store walls and steal liquor
4:50 PM, Apr 4, 2013
7:41 PM, Apr 4, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - More than a dozen thieves broke into a well-secured Detroit party store by bashing away the side of a building with a sledgehammer around 4 a.m. Saturday.
The robbery happened at K's Korner Liquor on Detroit's east side. Surveillance video shows the thieves took turns pounding away at the side of the building made of cinder blocks.
When cars drove by, they pretended nothing was going on.
Once a hole was made, two of the crooks climbed in and started snatching top shelf liquor.
They were searching for cash, but workers do not keep any inside the store. The owner's alarm system alerted them to what was going on.
"We arrived about 45 minutes later to see a disaster, pretty much," said the owner, who did not want to be named.
"It's amazing to see what they are doing. I think it would be easier to get a job than to do what they did," he said.
The operation took nearly 20 minutes.
It took the work of four guys just to carry the booze-filled bins of stolen goods across the street into a getaway car.
"It makes me feel sick because what we have to go through," said the owner. "You know, you watch the news every day and you're talking about city council and the emergency manager and blah, blah, blah, but nobody really knows what going on ground zero. This is ground zero for us. This is what we have to deal with every day."
The owner tells 7 Action News that this was not the first time his business has been broken into.
Someone used a bulldozer to smash open a wall and in a separate case, a robber rammed a mini-van into the building.
"At the end of the day, they do more damage than what they get really," said the owner. "We don't have anything here worth taking that is worth going through all that work for, risking your life for. So it's just shocking to us that they would go through all of this for nothing."
The wall has been repaired and a police report was filed.
The owners told 7 Action News they are in the process installing even better security systems.