Police are searching for a man who used an unusual technique to break into a Hendersonville Exxon station early Thursday morning.
Police said the unidentified man brought his own drill to the gas station on New Shackle Road and drilled a hole in the lock around 2:15 a.m.
News 2 spoke with the store’s owner, Aziz Albarati, who is upset by the break-in.
“I feel very bad, but what are you going to do?” he said.
A longtime locksmith who was fixing the store’s door on Thursday told News 2 drilling a lock like the one on the Exxon’s door is not an easy thing to do.
“The person who did this went to the back of a closed gas station and then used a drill to drill the lock,” explained Detective Sgt. Neil Harris. “We don’t get a lot of burglaries where the locks get drilled. Normally we get forced entry with smashing prying window. The fact he used a drill to pry the lock is unique.”
Police told News 2 the way the bandit breached the lock tells them he’s done this before.
Once in the office, the thief seemed a little lost as he rifled through drawers and cabinets.
After a few moments, the man grabbed some cash and fled, leaving behind his screwdriver.
“This is something bad. How the people do it. I hope the people catch him and make him pay back for everything,” Albarati said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Hendersonville police at 615-822-1111.
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