E-cig store owner cleaning up after overnight break-in


by Brooke Hasch


Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:21 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 5:21 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville business owner is cleaning up Tuesday morning after someone broke into his store overnight.

"It's so depressing. We opened last August, and have worked hard, and it's just hard," Felicia Hankins, the co-owner, said.

Felicia Hankins and her husband, Andrew, received an alarming wake-up call Tuesday morning, June 3. Their security company alerted them to a burglar alarm sounding at their e-cigarette shop down the street.

"I thought it was a false alarm. I woke my husband up and said, 'we need to get to the store; the alarm's going off.' We jumped in the car, no shoes on or anything, never expected to see the front door open," Felicia said.

Inside, the owners found broken glass and the concrete cinder block used to break through the front door. You can trace shoe prints on top of the counter, where someone jumped on top and attempted to break into the cash register. Unsuccessful, the burglar headed over to this glass case containing the most expensive e-cigs.

"In our display case, we had itemizers, how much it costs. They took all the stuff that we put together, totaling about $500," Felicia said.

The burglar stole 20 e-cigarettes in all, all of which will be replaced through insurance.

"Heartbreaking. It really was. I just don't understand why people do that. Get a job and pay for it," Andrew Hankins said.

Andrew Hankins says it could've been worse.

"I'd rather have this happen than somebody come in with a gun while we're here," Andrew said.
Emotions ran high during the cleanup but the Hankins stayed positive.

"I turned my open sign on, so if anyone wants to come by, I'm open for business. We're not going to let this stop us," Andrew said.