Crimestoppers: an inside job?

By Paul Cameron - bio l email

Posted by Zack Smith - email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It's a heist worthy of a made-for-TV movie.  A well-known furniture store loses 100-thousand dollars in flat screen TV's to burglars.

The crooks were well organized, well planned and well informed.  Now, some are wondering if this is an inside job.

Kimbrell's on South Boulevard is a cornucopia of sofas, chairs, tables, and TV's-- big, flat screen TV's.

Joe St. John is the warehouse manager.  On Sunday afternoon, January 17th, his burglar alarm sounded.  This was during business hours and nobody thought much of it.

Joe says later that night, the thieves found keys to his trucks, which were locked behind a second fence.  He says somebody had to know where those keys were hidden.

And that's not all.  They took the newest and best truck Joe had.  But it was already full.

So at 3-in-the morning, they had to off-load furniture and appliances and re-load 141 Toshiba and Sansui televisions.  Those televisions are worth more than 100-thousand dollars.

Investigators think it took an hour or more to unload and load the truck.

Almost a week later, this same truck was found just off I-77 in Fort Mill.  And it was empty.

Kimbrell's is offering a $2,500 reward.

If you can help crack the case, call Crimestoppers.  704-334-1600.