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Odd Twist as Thieves Target Fastenal Tool Supply Company Stores

Burglar Has a Thing for the Firm

February 16, 2012

It seems someone has it in for Fastenal. It is not uncommon that some bank robbers focus on one chain but it is unusual for store burglars to do the same. But thieves in the South have been targeting Minnesota-based tool supply company Fastenal, and police are wondering why a specific company’s stores are being burglarized, the Associated Press reported February 15.

Police said one of the most recent thefts occurred the February 12-13 at a Fastenal store in Athens, Georgia, the fifth such burglary within about a week. Police told the Athens BannerHerald that a Fastenal store in Watkinsville was also hit February 12. Three others were broken into February 5, in Augusta, Martinez, and Aiken, South Carolina.

About a dozen Fastenal stores had been burglarized in the Atlanta metro area, Athens-Clarke County police Lt. Mike McKeel said.

McKeel says he can't recall any one company being targeted like Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal has in the recent crime spree. It's crazy, McKeel said. I can't think of any one company that thieves have seemingly targeted before like this.

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