GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – Gaffney Police need help finding an individual they said broke into several businesses and took the cash registers Monday.
Broken glass was still outside ‘Dusty Treasures’ Monday afternoon. Owner Roger McDowell says it’s what’s left of a man breaking into his business.
“Just a disgusting feeling. It really is. It’s just (sighs) we work so hard here,” he said.
He isn’t the only business owner sharing that sentiment. Owner Alicia McDaniel has a similar scene at Perry Tire Service.
“Frustrating is a light word,” said McDaniel. “My parents work hard to have what we have so, like I said – it’s heartbreaking.”
Gaffney Police investigators say they believe the same individual seen on surveillance outside Perry Tire Service is also responsible for at least 5 break-ins around 5:00 a.m. including The Tanning Center, and The Medicine Mart Pharmacy. They say each time, he went straight for the cash register, and took the whole thing before ditching it a few blocks away.
McDaniel says this is a first.
“We’ve actually never had anyone jerk the cash register out of the socket and run out the door with it,” she said.
Like other business owners, she says there wasn’t much money left inside the register but it’s hundreds to fix the damage, which could’ve been worse.
“We’re thankful that nothing caught on fire,” said McDaniel.
For McDowell it’s the second break-in he’s had in a week, and it’s sad because he always tries to give back to the community.
“Last week I wasn’t mad, I wasn’t upset. This week, it really got to me,” he said. The store was not open on Monday, but McDowell said he plans to re-open it on Tuesday.
A cash reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of this individual. You do not have to leave your name. If you have information about this individual, contact Det. Lt. Ron Ramsey at (864)206-3320 or the Gaffney Police Department at (864)489-8115.