Probe into theft of '$13,000 or $14,000' of booze continues in Danville

Probe into theft of '$13,000 or $14,000' of booze continues in Danville

DANVILLE — Police are still investigating a burglary in which more than $10,000 in alcohol and cigarettes was taken from a local liquor store two-and-a-half weeks ago.

The burglary occurred around 2 a.m. Feb. 19 at The Spirit Shop, 614 E. Voorhees St.

Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said at least two people “punched a hole in the wall” and stole the merchandise from a storage room. He said video surveillance from the business captured them leaving the area in a minivan.

Owner Jesse Singh said this is the fourth time the store has been burglarized since he took over less than a year ago. During one of the incidents, burglars broke the front plate-glass windows. Another time, someone broke the drive-up window, “but he couldn’t get through.”

Singh said he beefed up security by putting bars over the windows and door.

This last time, he said, burglars actually made off with “a little over $13,000 or $14,000” worth of merchandise, mainly boxes of alcohol. He said the only damage was to the wall.

Since then, Singh said he has taken addition security measures.

“I added motion sensors that will detect any type of movement, noise, even vibrations all around the store,” he said. “If anybody or anything gets close to the wall, within 5 feet — it doesn’t matter if it’s a deer, a dog or human — it will send a signal to my phone. I can either call the police or take action.”

Singh added that he and all of his employees are taking turns sleeping in the shop overnight.

“There are four or five us, and we’re armed,” he said.

Thomason asked anyone with any information on the burglary to call Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 217-446-8477.

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