$5K worth of merchandise taken in break-in at Winston-Salem business

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- After the Country Club Giant auto repair shop on Country Club Road was burglarized last weekend, Scott Rabon snapped a few pictures of a smashed window and a rack that used to house around 20 car batteries for insurance purposes.

After thinking about it awhile, he posted one of those pictures to Facebook to let other businesses on the west end of Winston-Salem know about the theft, which robbed the small business of approximately $5,000 in specialized tools and cash as well.

“That messes everything up,” said Rabon. “We can’t do brake jobs; I mean it hurts.”

Rabon is still trying to sort everything out with his insurance company but is still hoping video from a nearby business may be able to help police track down the thieves. He believes at least two and possibly more people had to work together to steal 17 batteries and more in just a few minutes.

“It wasn't one person,” said Rabon. “One drawer was wide open and a checkbook is in there they didn't steal any checks.”

Rabon said most of the tools in the back of the shop along with oil and even more car batteries were still there when the burglary was discovered Sunday morning.”

He hopes someone in the Piedmont notices someone trying to sell the group of Interstate batteries or the brake pad compressor kit taken.

Rabon believes it’s someone he’s seen in the shop before but even still it’s hard to pin down a suspect.

“In just the last two weeks 200 people have been in here,” said Rabon.

With Facebook shares of pictures from the break-in doubling every day, Rabon is hopeful that the thieves will be caught and the equipment will be back in his hands again, though he’s not holding out much hope.

“The equipment might have been sold by the time it got stolen,” said Rabon. “I mean they may have known someone three counties over that said, ‘Hey, I know where I can get this.’ You know how people are, it’s a mad world out there."

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