SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after two businesses in Southeastern Massachusetts were broken into by having their front windows smashed in the same morning.
Employees of the Oak Hill Mini Mart on Route 152 in Seekonk had a mess to clean up Wednesday after one of the glass panels on the front of the store was shattered and broken from the frame.
Just miles away in Rehoboth, a cleanup was also underway at Chartley Country Store on Tremont Street. The owner, Augie Fernandes, said he found a rock near where his front window was smashed.
“I got a call at 4 o’clock this morning from the alarm company that the front motion detector had gone off,” he recalled. “And at the same time she’s talking to me, the back motion detector went off.”
Fernandes said that second alarm was an indication that someone was in the store. He later reviewed security footage with police.
“Of course, he had a mask on and a hood and gloves, so we couldn’t get any fingerprints,” Fernandes said.
Fernandes believes the intruder took off with as much as $1,500 worth of cigarettes.
“He went in the back room, the break room was dark,” he added. “He couldn’t see anything so he didn’t take anything from the back.”
One patron of Chartley told Eyewitness News the window on the front door was recently smashed in as well.