If Red Bull gives you wings, some thieves are flying pretty high right about now.
Some 304,128 cans of the world’s most popular energy drink were stolen from a Medley warehouse, police said last week.
The thieves used a key stored in a lock box, near the front door, to enter the business, located in the 10700 block of Northwest 123rd Street, between 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 7 a.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Once the thieves were inside, the alarm wires were ripped out, which prevented the monitoring system from being activated.
Then the thieves got busy. And messy. Using bolt cutters, they clipped the locks to the rollup door, fired up four forklifts, then scurried toward a stack of 108 Red Bull pallets.
Unfortunately, they destroyed 20 pallets, according to police, which was left behind. The 88 pallets of Red Bull stolen had a wholesale value of $264,000, according to police. An average 8-ounce can of Red Bull costs about $2, which would value the haul, on the street, at upwards of $600,000.
An alarm company representative also responded to the scene and told police that the system does not have “automatic activation” if it goes “offline,” or when the wires are cut.
“There are no suspects at this time,” said Medley Police Chief Jeanette Said-Jinete, who was guarded as police actively investigate the crime.
The brazen theft quickly has also gotten the attention of Medley Mayor Roberto Martell.
“I have talked to our police command in order to reinforce security in those industrial areas,” said Martell, who last Saturday hailed the town’s nearly “non-existent” crime rate. The reported crime rate is so low, in fact, Medley sends an average of only two police reports each week to the Gazette and other news outlets.
The warehouse did not have security cameras, so police are asking for help from its neighbors in Miami Springs and Virginia Gardens that could lead to an arrest of the thieves. If you have information about the crime, call Medley police at 305-883-2047.