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Thieves go through roof to rob grocery store



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Sandra Yi reportingThieves got creative when they robbed a store this morning during business hours. Police are still looking for whoever stole money from the Smith's store on 4100 S. Redwood Rd.

It was an unusual and gutsy theft because the thieves didn't go through the front door. Rather, they cut some roofing panels and came in through the ceiling of an office used for accounting.

Police say the worker responsible for the store's receipts went outside to pick up receipts from the gas pumps. He says he locked the door. When he came back into the office 10 minutes later, the money on the desk was gone.

Sgt. Amy Maurer of the West Valley City Police Department said, "Being a 24-hour store, there are not a lot of employees or customers coming in or out. But [it was] still very gutsy to do."

Thieves go through roof to rob grocery store

Police say it's possible the thieves knew the store's layout. West Valley City police Capt. Tom McLachlan said, "There's a false ceiling that went through. A panel was ajar, and above that there was another ceiling they had to go through."

They also say it's possible the thieves also tampered with the surveillance video because it was unhooked. Investigators are still trying to determine if there's any video that was captured that could help with the case.

Police say they found two ladders propped up at the back of the store.

If you have any information on this case, call West Valley police at 840-4000.

E-mail: syi@ksl.com

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