Burglars take $20,000 in cash, merchandise from BP

Police are asking for help in finding the suspects

By Kristina Belcher, Published:

Frankfort Police said a burglar or group of burglars took their time at a local gas station overnight, making off with more than $20,000 in cash and merchandise.

“Given the amount of stuff that was taken,” said Capt. Robert Warfel, “…we think they spent quite a bit of time in there.”

Warfel said officers were called to the BP gas station at 895 Louisville Road around 5:45 a.m.

An employee who had arrived to open the convenience store noticed the door had been pried open.

When officers did a search of the building, Warfel said they found that about 430 cartons of cigarettes had been stolen — valued at approximately $21,000.

The burglar or burglars also had pried open an ATM and the store’s cash register, Warfel said, stealing an “undetermined” amount of cash.

Perhaps the biggest get was a computer from the store’s office area — ensuring that police had no surveillance footage of the crime.

“The Dell computer ran the surveillance,” Warfel said.

At this point, police don’t have any suspects.

“We’re asking for the public’s help in any information that could lead to an arrest in this case,” Warfel said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Frankfort Police at 502-875-8523.

Tips can also be given anonymously through Frankfort Crime Stoppers by calling 502-875-8648 or online at www.frankfortcrimestoppers.com.

Anonymous tips can also be sent through text message to 274637 by typing FCS and then the tip.

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  • pitch: "It was $21,000 dollars in cigarettes."

    Danged nicotine addicts will do anything to get their drug!  Aren't Kristina's obvious biases interesting in this narrative about guys stealing cigarettes (drugs) and then those stories that she writes about illicit drugs?  It is like she doesn't even consider that cigarettes ARE drugs...and the leading cause of preventable death in KY. 

  • "At this point, police don’t have any suspects. “We’re asking for the public’s help in any information that could lead to an arrest in this case,” Warfel said."

    Why isn't our law and order Sheriff all over this...the FPD is begging for help and Melton is out literally beating the bushes for druggies who dare to use other drugs besides tobacco and alcohol...the number 1 and 3 leading causes of preventable death.

    "How does one get things like this mixed up?"

    Welcome to "Kristina's Daily Police Log".

    "...she seems pretty smart, yet when you read what she posts and the structure of her words makes you scratch your head."

    Maybe, but how could you ever tell by the reports?  She seems incapable of asking a follow-up question...maybe she is totally intimidated by the police. I mean with the crisp uniforms with powdered sugar sprinkled down the front, cheap cologne and packing heat and all... you have to admit that's a pretty foreboding atmosphere.

    Who was the last investigative reporter at the State Journal?

     

     

     

     

  • The headline seems to indicate $20,000 in cash and some merchandise was stolen but the article reads $20,000 in cash and merchandise were stolen. Later it indicates about 430 cartons of cigarettes were stolen and were valued at approximately $21,000. That's $48 per carton. Whew glad I quit smoking years ago!!!

  • Oh yeah I know but then next it says $21,000 in cigarettes and an undetermined amount of cash  versus $20,000 in cash and merchandise. I can only guess the reporter was in bit of a hurry to get this out today. I wish she would take her time she seems pretty smart, yet when you read what she posts and the structure of her words makes you scratch your head.

    If she is getting her information from a police report she might think of doing a blotter time of posts that way she could make reference like "according to the report filed by police Capt. Warfel stated" blah blah.. you know?

    She could title it Kristina's Police Blotter, or Kristina's Daily Police Log..And do even as Bruno said a follow up story and the results of that story.

  • Pitchfork...I believe it says $20,000.00 in CASH "and" merchandise, the merchandise being the cigarettes. I have worked at one of these BPs before and they don't keep a large amount of cash in those ATMs. They tend to restock it at various times of the day when needed. The undetermined amount of cash they are talking about was probably from the ATM itself. They probably didn't know at the time the actual amount that was still in the ATM until they had the owner of the ATM take a reading.

  • It was such good detective work it had to be posted twice rotflmao!

  • Frankfort Police said a burglar or group of burglars took their time at a local gas station overnight, making off with more than $20,000 in cash and merchandise. The burglar or burglars also had pried open an ATM and the store’s cash register, Warfel said, stealing an “undetermined” amount of cash.

    It was $21,000 dollars in cigarettes. Isn't that greater than $20,000 dollars? How does one get things like this mixed up?

    An ATM in those stores holds I would guesstimate between $5,000 to $8,000 dollars, with the most available amount of withdraw at $200.00 dollars. And if general practice is adhered to the register should hold no more that $150.00 to $225.00 dollars. 

    So given this information I say it was an inside job, 2 people that knew the lay out, Rule 39 applies here and they got away with a total over $35,000 dollars +/- $5,000 dollars with it being after a holiday weekend and the ATM was probably just re-loaded.

  • Frankfort Police said a burglar or group of burglars took their time at a local gas station overnight, making off with more than $20,000 in cash and merchandise. The burglar or burglars also had pried open an ATM and the store’s cash register, Warfel said, stealing an “undetermined” amount of cash.

    It was $21,000 dollars in cigarettes. Isn't that greater than $20,000 dollars? How does one get things like this mixed up?

    An ATM in those stores holds I would guesstimate between $5,000 to $8,000 dollars, with the most available amount of withdraw at $200.00 dollars. And if general practice is adhered to the register should hold no more that $150.00 to $225.00 dollars. 

    So given this information I say it was an inside job, 2 people that knew the lay out, Rule 39 applies here and they got away with a total over $35,000 dollars +/- $5,000 dollars with it being after a holiday weekend and the ATM was probably just re-loaded.