The Sallisaw Police Department is seeking a white male who reportedly broke into the Sallisaw Car Audio and More store just before midnight May 7.
Bobby Philpot, the shop’s owner, said Monday that the thief got away with $5,000-$7,000 worth of stereo equipment, including speakers, amplifiers and more.
The store was equipped with security cameras, Philpot said, which showed a woman who arrived at the store a few minutes before midnight. Philpot said the woman appeared to be buying a soda from a machine outside the store. About two minutes after the woman left the scene, the unidentified suspect arrived in what is believed to be a 1986 Chevrolet pickup with Arkansas license plates.
Philpot said the suspect will have a large cut on his right forearm from an injury he sustained during the break-in.
The Fort Smith Police Department recovered the abandoned truck, which had been reported stolen, the next morning.
Philpot said the thief apparently used bleach in the store to try and get rid of any evidence, but he probably didn’t see the cameras and did not realize that glass-break sensors at the store would trigger the automatic video system.
Philpot said Sallisaw Car Audio and More employees are working hard to get everything cleaned up so the store can get back to business as usual.
There is a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the male suspect, Philpot said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sallisaw Police Department at (918) 775-4141.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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