BY COLIN KRIEGER
Two Columbus Police officers on routine patrol discovered the aftermath of a burglary shortly after some bandits drove their car into an East Columbus convenience store early Monday morning. Columbus Police Officer James Hansen was showing one of the CPD’s newest officers, Kyle Eaves, the ins and outs of the East beat when the two heard an alarm emanating from the popular Double D’ Grocery on 227 North McCrary road in East Columbus Monday 5 a.m. When the officers pulled up to the business, they saw that both front glass doors had been shattered, along with several plate glass windows, and numerous display stands lay in ruin inside. An investigator called to the scene inspected the carnage and concurred with the responding officers that someone had driven a vehicle through the entrance and then attempted to steal some money from the cash drawer.
The store’s owner, who identified himself simply as Mr. Brook, arrived on scene about 20 minutes later to survey the damage done to his business. Aside from the extensive glass breakage, damage also included: a Dove Bar retail ice cream machine(and its contents), a Little Debbie merchandise stand (most of the snack cakes survived, but some Honey Buns did not make it), A Daily’s cocktail stand was severely damaged and several other chip and pork rind stands were displaced. Shaw Glass was on scene within hours and quickly repaired most of the damage. Mr. Brook told The Packet in an exclusive interview that he does have surveillance footage of the incident and that he will make sure it will be available to the public after the police are done with it. He went on to say the robber(s) took some change from the cash drawer of the register. Brook also mentioned the last time a car went through his doors.
“That was right after I bought it. The lady drove right through the same spot two years ago.” Brook said.
Packet readers might remember the incident from July of 2011 when a Nicole Edwards accidentally drove her Nissan Pathfinder into the store while trying to avoid a trucked that had parked askew in the lot. She told police that day her foot had slipped onto the gas after she bumped a nearby pole.