Burglars smash up local business with ATM theft, owner turns to social media for help
POSTED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 11:32am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 9:01am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A local business owner is picking up the pieces from a burglary that happened in the early morning on Monday. The frustration over the incident pushed him to turn to social networking with the hope of catching the two men responsible.
“I took my security footage and posted it up on YouTube and Facebook,” William Davidson, owner of French Quarter Daiquiris, explained.
At roughly 3:30 a.m. on Monday, July 9, two men broke the glass door entrance to the establishment located on Essen Lane. They then hooked up chains to the ATM machine, attached it to the back of a truck, and pulled it out of the building.
“They were in and out in a minute and a half,” Davidson noted. “They were in and out before the alarms even went off. And they seemed to know where the cameras were because they kept their face hidden from them.”
The two men were wearing hoodies, hiding them from the camera that captured a clear shot of all the action. What is seen is all the damage caused from the burglary.
“The ATM costs about $2,500 and there was a grand inside of the machine,” Davidson said. “The damage to the door and everything else is going to cost about five or six thousand dollars.”
All of that money will come directly out of Davidson’s pocket until the insurance can be sorted out.
“I’m a local business owner. All of this comes out of my pocket. I’m not a franchise. I’m the guy who has to write the check. I don’t get to kick this expense up the corporate ladder,” he said.
Davidson bought French Quarter Daiquiris three years ago. Before that, he was an employee at the location for 12 years.
“I’m the classic example of the little man trying to make money in this world, and then some no-good thug messes that up,” he said. “We’re just muddling through and doing the best we can to try and not let them win.”
In all of his years at the location, Davidson says he’s never experienced a crime on this level.
“We’ve had a few little things over the years, like a person’s purse getting stolen because they left it on the counter, but that’s a crime of convenience,” he noted. “We’ve never experienced anything like this.”
That’s why Davidson turned to social networking to hopefully catch the guys responsible.
“We just want them to find the guys so they don’t do it to someone else.”
If you know anything about this incident call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of your message.