HOLLY TOWNSHIP, Michigan – Holly Lanes co-owner Brian Aubuchon is taking the loss a little easier today after watching what he calls a “comical video” of two suspects who broke into the bowling alley early Monday morning. While Aubuchon estimates the losses to amount to nearly $40,000, he is confident that the thieves will be caught and brought to justice.
The crime was discovered around 7 a.m. by a mechanic who came into work to discover smashed vending machines, trails of candy everywhere, and broken glass throughout the building. Aubuchon said the employee wasted no time calling the Michigan State Police.
Aubuchon, 35, who co-owns Holly Lanes with business partner, Derrick DeMeritt, 36, said the suspects entered through a hole they made in the roof around 5:30 a.m. and proceeded to take approximately 40 bottles of liquor, five flat screen TVs, $700 in candy, and an undisclosed amount of cash from the safe in an hour’s time. Additionally, Aubuchon said the pair used a crowbar they found in his office to smash anything and everything in their path, including a several vending machines, anything that was affixed to the wall, and flat screen TVs that were too heavy to carry to their awaiting vehicle.
“These guys have to be the world’s dumbest criminals,” Aubuchon said. “At one point, our security video shows one guy swinging the crow bar into the Pepsi machine and accidently hitting the other guy in the head – if it ever makes it on Facebook or You Tube, it’s going to go viral for sure,” he added.
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Aubuchon’s iPad and Apple computer were left untouched, he said. “These guys were definitely armatures,” he said. “Derrick and I were laughing that they stole all that candy, yet left behind some pretty expensive computer equipment – it just shows how dumb they are.”
The security video, Aubuchon said, gives law enforcement a very clear picture of the suspects. “Facial recognition on the video is unbelievable,” he said. “They might as well have smiled for the camera – it’s that clear.” In addition, Aubuchon said the Michigan State Police were able to collect finger prints as well as DNA samples from the scene.
To make matters worse, the suspects left officers with a trail of candy to where their vehicle – a black-colored truck, had been parked. The suspects are described as two white men, thought to be in their mid-20s.
“I want them to be caught, and I believe they will be,” Aubuchon said. “The beauty of it is, it’s a 20-year felony if someone is convicted of breaking into a safe – and when they’re brought to justice, I’m going to be in the courtroom watching it all happen.”