Medley police are looking for some very jittery thieves.
A large batch of energy drinks valued at about $500,000 was stolen from a modern warehouse that opened just a few months ago in the industrial city of Medley, authorities said Friday.
The theft of nearly 100 pallets of the popular drink Red Bull took place between the night of Saturday, Nov. 9, and the morning of Monday, Nov. 11, when employees of the warehouse of OHL Inc. found the door locks open and discovered the large theft, according to Medley Police Department.
Medley police Detective Lourdes Muñiz said the thieves had a key to the business and disconnected the alarm system, which is remotely monitored by a security company.
When the workers arrived in the morning, they found that the alarms had been disconnected, Muñiz said. The robbery occurred sometime after the warehouse was locked at 4 p.m. Saturday and the beginning of the first shift at 7 p.m. Monday. The case is being investigated.
Muñiz said that once the thieves were inside the warehouse, they used four forklifts to move 108 pallets, though they discarded about 20 that had been damaged.
The facility did not have surveillance cameras, so there is no visual way to identify the thieves or the type of vehicle used to carry the merchandise.
Medley Mayor Roberto Martell expressed concern over the theft.
I have talked to our police command in order to reinforce security in those industrial areas, Martell said.
The police requested help from the community, asking for information that could lead to the capture of the thieves by calling the Medley police at 305-883-2047 or the Crime Stoppers line (anonymously) at 305-471-6160.