YET TO BE BAGGED
A break-in at the Food House supermarket on
Broad Street last night has police and company officials baffled.
Police responding to an
alarm which went off at 9:27 PM discovered that one or more people had entered the store
through the rear door. Officers searched the premises and the surrounding area but found
no sign of the intruders.
Store manager Howard
"Whitey" Heppelwhite reported no money missing, and after an extensive inventory
assured police that everything seemed to be intact.
Shortly after opening this
morning, it was discovered the intruders had stolen all the grocery bags in the store,
forcing customers to cart their purchases home in cardboard boxes.
"After we'd been open
for about a half an hour we ran out of boxes," Heppelwhite said.
Many shoppers carted their
groceries off in large plastic trash bags provided by the store.
"Once the plastic bags
were gone, we had to tell customers we had no way for them to carry their purchases
home," Heppelwhite said. "I don't think we lost much business because of
As word spread, people
started bringing old bags with them from home. An emergency shipment of paper sacks didn't
arrive until early afternoon.
"I've seen some strange
crimes before, but this one has us baffled," reported Officer Milo Jenkins.
"Were not sure whether we have a robbery, vandalism, or a hijacking on our
The police say there was no
sign of forced entry and they have no leads.