UPDATE 5 p.m.:
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Early Sunday morning, a man broke into VJ’s Mart on Frankford Avenue and 23rd Street through a hole he hammered into a cinder block wall with a sledgehammer.
According to Panama City police, it took the suspect several hours to gain entry.
“It was actually through the bathroom, went into the store and took numerous items totaling about five-to-eight hundred dollars worth of vapes and left quite quickly after that when the audible alarm started to go off,” said Shannon Chaix, a detective with the Panama City Police Department.
This is not the first time this has happened to VJ’s. Several years ago another robbery occurred in which the suspect used a similar means of entry.
According to Chaix, it’s too early to know if the cases are related.
Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the man seen in the security video.
Basic details include a mossy oak shirt which is “fairly unique,” said Chaix.
If you have any information, call the Panama City Police Department at (850) 872-3112.
A previous version of this story is below:
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — A man used a sledgehammer to break through a cinderblock wall and into a convenience store and rob the place, Panama City police said Tuesday.
The incident happened late Saturday night at the VJ Food Mart on Frankford Avenue, they added.
“Once inside, video shows the suspect taking cash and vape devices. In all, more than $3,500 in damage was done to the outside of the store and approximately $1,000 in cash and merchandise was stolen,” police wrote in a news release.
Anyone with information in this case, is asked to call the Panama City Police Department at 850-872-3100, or they can report tips anonymously via smartphone by downloading the “Panama City PD” Tip411 app from the iOS or Google Play stores.