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Mechanics at car dealership victims of burglary

By Laura Ann Sills - email

VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - Where a six foot tall tool box once stood is a blank wall, drawers that use to be full of tools are now empty, and hangers that held company leather jackets bare.  This was what workers found at the King Chevrolet in Valley, AL Wednesday morning.

"Locks only seem to keep honest people honest," says Skip Kendrick, General Manager.

The burgulars came in through the Body Shop and stripped a lock to enter the Service Station.  While it was the business that was broken in to, Major Mike Reynolds of the Valley Police Department says the victims are the mechanics themselves.

"The unfortunate thing about this is that the tools belong to the individual mechanics, so they have to supply their own tools."

And we're not talking about a few wrenches and screwdrivers. The thieves got away with $40,000 worth of computerized tools that are used for diagnostic scans.  And, the dealerships service vehicle.

Police suspect this was not a random hit, "It was somebody knowledgeable with tools that may have had previous knowledge of the inside of the building. They sort of knew where they were going and what they wanted."

After a rocky start to the morning, business at King is back to normal. Workers say this is motivating them to do their job even better.

"We're going to continue to do business, we're not going to let this stop us."

Valley Police have already received a couple of tips of suspicious activity the night before.  A detailed list of the stolen items is going out to area pawn shops and other agencies to be on the look-out.

If you have any other information you are asked to call 334-756-5208.

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