Burglar hits Paul's Market

Monday, January 3, 2011

CHAPEL HILL -- Another Marshall County market was burglarized Saturday morning when the method of entry and the target of the burglar were the same as a similar crime in mid November.

"A big rock was used to break the front window and $5,000 to $6,000 worth of lottery tickets were taken," Chapel Hill Police Chief Jackie King said of the crime that set off the burglar alarm at Paul's Market & Deli, 5228 Nashville Highway.

Sheriff Norman Dalton said on Nov. 16 that Nathan Johnson's Belfast Market and Deli, 2230 Fayetteville Highway, was hit with a big rock, breaking the glass door. Beer and lottery tickets with a retail value of $2,500 were reported stolen during the Belfast burglary discovered by a road deputy before dawn that Tuesday.

Judy Paul, proprietor of the market she has with her husband, Bobby, said on Monday that she's planning to buy a digital security camera system.

"I have an alarm system now," Paul said. "It makes an electronic sound. The security company called at 2:23 a.m., saying there was glass breakage."

Chapel Hill Police Officer Marion Kincade was the first lawman on the scene, followed shortly thereafter by Chief King who said, "We were there in two minutes."

Plywood was placed where the glass had been broken and Paul's Market was open again on Saturday. After realizing rolls of lottery tickets were gone, Judy Paul called the state lottery office.

"I just got off the phone at 8:20 a.m. with the lottery folks," she said Monday as the system followed up on her initial report when missing lottery ticket numbers were reported. She was expecting a visit from her lottery representative.

Meanwhile that morning, Rambo Glass was to arrive and repair the breakage.

"It's hard to tell" what all was taken, Judy Paul said, noting cigarettes -- "Marlboro and L&M mostly" -- had also been taken.

Paul's Market is in a building on the west side of Nashville Highway. It used to be a video store.

The Pauls will have run their business there for "five years in March," she said, still dismayed over the burglary.

"It makes you mad because I come in at 3 a.m. every morning," Judy Paul said. "You try to work hard to make money and then somebody ... just takes it from you."