According to police a group of thieves used a stoen truck as a battering ram to break into a Detroit sneaker store.
The brazen smash-and-grab took place at Culture DET just before 3 am on January 31. Video showed the truck backing into the front of the building.
“They took a pickup truck and backed into the front of the building. Tore down the whole facade of the building,” said Juanzel Smith, the co-owner of the business. “And we later found out that the truck was stolen too.”
Detroit police commander Kurt Worboys said six unknown males broke into the store and took sizeable amount of merchandise.
Law enforcement quickly arrived on the scene soon after the incident with Commander Worboys adding, police “followed for [a] short period of time, but we don’t chase for property. The speed became very excessive.”
As unfortunate as this incident was, it was not the first time the store and its owners have been victimiized. According to Worboys previous incidents date back to 2015, with him specifying, including Wednesday “there have been 8 incidents.”
“When we first got into the business, you would hear a lot of stories of guys making deals on Craigslist or Facebook. And then you meet up – fake money, fake shoes,” Smith said. “So we wanted to create a safe haven where kids can be able to buy, sell, and trade, and start their own businesses – and do it the right way.”