by: Richard Thompson Updated:
THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. - Surveillance video obtained by KIRO 7 shows two thieves trying to get into Brogan's Auto Repair in Rainier, but instead of breaking into the metal building, they disassembled part of it. Thurston County Sheriff's Lt. Ray Brady says, "They actually removed screws from the corrugated metal siding."
After undoing some screws, the thieves were able to peel back the siding, cut through the insulation and make their way into the shop.
A short time later, the surveillance video shows the thieves driving out of the building, stealing two customers’ cars they had loaded with about $8,000 in tools from the business.
One of the cars was later found set on fire and destroyed. The other was found badly damaged.
The theft of so many specialty tools has made it difficult for Brogan's to serve its customers. Bud Green with Brogan told KIRO 7, "It's been tough because I've been running around the shop trying to find the tools I need to do my job." Green says he was very angry immediately after the burglary but now just pities the thieves. "The world's full of people like this and all you can do is pray for them."
Green says he is praying for the thieves but he also wants to see them captured, and he hopes someone will recognize them from the video on KIRO 7 and turn them in to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.