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Attempted burglary foiled by alarm at Wheelie's in Palo Verde
PALO VERDE, Calif.  An alarm prevented a would-be burglar from any progress at Wheelies gas station and market in Palo Verde.
PALO VERDE, Calif. An alarm prevented a would-be burglar from any progress at Wheelies gas station and market in Palo Verde.
Jeanette Hyduke
Palo Verde People

PALO VERDE, Calif. - An alarm prevented a would-be burglar from any progress at Wheelies gas station and market in Palo Verde.

The thief knocked a hole in the outside bathroom, which connected to a side room of the store, then knocked another hole in that room and when he entered the store the alarm sounded which may explain why the thief left without any loot. And although the store doesn't keep any cash in the store after closing, the thief could have still made off with beef, cigarettes, and other expensive items.

Several witnesses reported the incident the following day after hearing about the break-in. They did not think what they witnesses was important at the time until learning about the break-in. Hopefully with the witnesses and other clues left behind by the would-be thief an arrest will happen.

Wheelie's owner Willie Smith was not happy to do all the repairs, but feels he is lucky to have a good system that alerts for break-ins. It is always disappointing to the one who is affected by a burglary, but in this case residents feel the town is reasonably safe.

Former resident deputy sheriff Dan Garen and his wife Cheryl, and Lavina Brandsma returned from a three-day holiday in El Centro where they enjoyed a barbecue dinner and other events with other retirees from the El Centro Police Department. Brandsma worked many years at that office, and Garen began his law enforcement career at that office.

May will be a busy month for Palo Verde. The Palo Verde Improvement Association Car and Bike Show is planned for May 25. Organizer Winnie Barrett hopes those with cars and bikes will enter them into the show. For more information call Winnie at 760-854-3456.




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