Deputies said they are looking for thieves who broke through the wall of a Pitt County convenience store, before leaving with a safe filled with $40,000 in cash, checkbooks and credit cards.
It happened at Belvoir Corner Stop, off N.C. 33 West, between 10 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday, investigators said. The store was closed at the time.
According to deputies, the thieves first made a hole in the fence at the back of the store. After entering, the robbers made two holes in the concrete wall of the store's back office, investigators said.
The thieves then dragged the 3 feet by 2 feet safe over to a propane tank, before escaping through another hole in the fence, according to deputies.
Employees at Belvoir Corner Stop said the thieves tried to cover their tracks, by placing gas price signs over the holes in the wall. They also knocked the propane tank over its concrete blocks, to try to move it in front of the hole in the fence.
In addition, the store manager discovered Monday morning that his office was covered in concrete, investigators said.
Any one with information in this case is asked to contact the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 902-2800, or CrimeStoppers.