The staff at a Corpus Christi auto parts store on McArdle Road got quite a surprise when they arrived to work Thursday morning.
It was around 4:30 a.m. when police were called to the Advance Auto Parts on McArdle Road on reports of a hit-and-run. It turned out to be an attempted burglary, and it left the building without a front entrance.
Police said a Ford F-250 pickup truck was used to crash through the entryway of the building. They believe the suspects were trying to steal from the store, but all they got away with was causing the building about $100,000 in damage.
"It was pretty obvious that a burglary or attempted burglary had occurred," said Lt. Daniel Garcia of the Corpus Christi Police Department.
Garcia believes the thieves targeted an item in the auto parts store.
"Tried to get the safes out," Garcia said. "They weren't able to get the safes out."
After the failed attempt, the suspects reportedly drove the vehicle across the street to a parking garage, but an 11-foot trailer prevented that from happening.
"Tried to go through under the covered parking and sheared off that cab," Garcia said.
Eventually officers found the pickup abandoned in the garage and discovered the truck had recently been stolen.
"Another burglary at an establishment or a business in Annaville," Garcia said. "We think that that truck was used in this burglary. We're going to impound that piece off the truck, and hope for the best, see if we have any leads from that video."
Police said they have not yet identified any suspects. They are checking the parking garage cameras for any leads.
Advance Auto Parts could not speak on the incident but did say they are closed until further notice.
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