Derby police are investigating a case of burglary and vandalism that caused an estimated $1 million in damage, according to a news release from the department.
Sometime between 6: 30 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, a group of thieves broke into the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market Place at 1106 S. Rock in Derby. The site has been under construction since November. The vandalism was discovered Saturday morning by contractors, according to the news release.
Apparently, the thieves entered the store through a plywood door. Once inside, they used scissor-lift machines to ram freezer and cooler units in the center of the building. The vandals rammed the units by pushing them backward, causing additional damage to plumbing and electrical units. The units cannot be repaired and must be replaced.
Derby police are asking residents who might have information regarding the burglary and vandalism to contact Detective Karensa Schiffel at 316-788-1558 or Derby Crime Stoppers at 316-788-TIPS.