“Cooler Crook” Targets Yetis, Steals More than $5,000 in Merchandise

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Mobile Police are looking for a man caught on surveillance camera stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a hardware store.

The break-in happened early Monday morning around 12:30 a.m. at Springhill Ace Hardware on Old Shell Road near McGregor Avenue in the Springhill community.

Even though it happened in the middle of the night it is surprising when you consider the location and how many stores are around this shopping center.   Managers say it appears he pried the door open with a crowbar to gain entry, then steals five soft shell Yeti coolers that are all tied together, but he isn’t done. He then comes back and picks up three medium sized coolers, before returning for a large cooler. He fills it up with as many as 40 Yeti cooler cups before finally leaving for good.

The Yeti items are not cheap, owners say they are out over $5,000 from the theft.

If you have any information about the break-in, please contact Mobile Police at (251) 208-1700.

News Five Allen Carter is following the story and you will hear from the folks at the store on News 5 at 10.


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