Salvation Army thrift store surveying damage after burglary - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Salvation Army thrift store surveying damage after burglary

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Salvation Army thrift store in Lubbock is picking up the pieces after burglars broke in and tried to steal money out of a safe.

The Lubbock Police Department says that when the clerk got to work Friday morning, she found the entire front door glass broken. Police say that one small safe had been stolen, but there was no money in it.

The office was broken into and a larger safe was severely damaged, but the $1,500 inside the safe was not taken. 

"It could have been a lot worse, so were grateful that it's not as bad as it could have been. However, this isn't the first incident we have had this week. We had some individuals setting fires to the trash cans in the back of our store," said Melody Paton with the Lubbock Salvation Army.

Damage estimates range between $3,000 and $5,000. It is not clear what time of night this happened because employees didn't make the discovery until Friday morning.

The Lubbock Police Department is investigating the case to see if this robbery is connected to a string of other break-ins that happened Thursday night in Lubbock. There was a break-in at the Dairy Queen at Slide Road and 78th Street, the Valero at 5720 Spur 327 and the Taco Bell on 4th Street. Police say it is too early to tell the extent of the damage to the businesses.

If you saw anything that might help police with their investigation, you are urged to call Crime Line at 806-741-1000.

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