Tough Security Gate Foils Smash-and-Grab at Anaheim Tool Store

A pair of would-be-thieves smashed a flatbed truck into a top-end tool store in Anaheim early Wednesday, but left empty handed just a few seconds later when the security gate wouldn't budge, police said.

The attempted smash-and-grab took place at 3:23 a.m. at the DeWalt Factory Service Center at 1119 North Kraemer Blvd., the Anaheim Police Department said.

Surveillance video shows a driver pulling up to the store front, putting the truck in reverse and repeatedly slamming the rear of the vehicle into the plate glass window and folding security gate, police said.

A passenger wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and shorts gets out of the truck and checks if he can get through the damaged gate.

He can't.

The passenger then gets back inside the truck, and the driver, a bald man in a dark shirt, takes off, leaving behind a mess of shattered glass and twisted metal.

The attempted break-in lasted all of 30 seconds, said police citing surveillance video that hasn't been released.


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Rudy Jansen, an assistant manager at the store, confirmed nothing was stolen.

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