Shoppers Drug Mart targeted in southeast smash and grab
CALGARY – Police say a Shoppers Drug Mart in McKenzie Towne suffered an estimated $60,000 worth of damage during an attempted smash and grab robbery on Monday.
Officers were called to the drug store in the 600 block of McKenzie Towne Drive S.E. around 1:30 a.m.
A witness told police they saw a Ford F-350 back into the front of the store, going right through a metal security gate and slamming into a checkout counter.
The witness says three men then began loading goods onto the truck, but the vehicle became struck as they tried to drive away.
The suspects left the scene in a second vehicle, described as a silver car.
Police have seized the truck that was left behind by the suspects as part of their investigation.
They say both vehicles had British Columbia license plates.
So far, officers have not released any suspect descriptions.
However, one of the managers at the drug store says they do have surveillance cameras set up throughout their location.
“We do have video, we’ll have a look at it,” said Manager Tom Timmons.
The store opened to the public on Monday morning, with boards covering the front side that was damaged during the break-in.
“We’ll get this mess cleaned up here, we’ll get all the new fixtures ordered and so forth, and hopefully we’ll be up and running normal as soon as possible,” adds Timmons.
Monday’s incident is the third attempted smash and grab in Calgary this year.
On January 16th, investigators were called to a southwest Instaloans location after thieves drove a vehicle into the side of the building and pried open an ATM.
Two weeks before, officers were called to the Max Bell Centre after suspects drove a minivan through the front doors of the arena and attempted to dislodge an ATM.