"They got in through a big hole, they made a big hole down there," said Gladis Carthan, a part-time manager at Grocery Boy Jr.
Officers responded to the scene at the convenience store at 2201 New Hope Road on Wednesday morning and found a gaping hole in the wall. Officials said the burglary occurred sometime between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Police said the items taken included 850 money orders and a machine used to imprint values on the money orders.
Carthan said the thieves had to move a big ATM machine to get through.
"It's very heavy. You can't even move it," Carthan said. "I don't know how they moved."
Police are trying to figure out whether the burglars cut the hole to break in or break out. There were no signs of a forced entry on the other side.
Police said there is a chance the thieves hid inside the store until closing and then cut a hole to escape. The store had surveillance cameras, but the store manager said the tape wasn't rolling.
Police said merchants who accept money orders should be aware that the suspect or suspects may be trying to cash them. The stolen money orders read "MEMO Money Orders" and were issued by the Merchants Express Money Order Company. Police said the thieves took money orders with serial numbers from Z058631549 to Z058632400.
Anyone with information related to the burglary is asked to call Raleigh police.
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