Stolen utility truck crashes into photography store in attempted smash-and-grab

Jack McLaughlin

A utility vehicle that was reported as stolen crashed into a North Linden photography shop early this morning.

According to Columbus Police, the vehicle struck Midwest Photo Store, which is located at 2887 Silver Dr. just after 4:40 a.m.

Police believe the suspects stole the vehicle and then crashed it into the store before fleeing on foot.

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According to a Midwest Photo Store employee, the incident was an attempted smash-and-grab.

“They got out and started throwing cameras into a plastic bag, and tried to run out the emergency exit, but they dropped pretty much everything on the way out. We don’t know if they got anything,” the employee.

Even more, the store doesn’t keep any cameras of real value out after close.

“We treat it like a jewelry store basically,” the employee said.

The store estimates the incident caused between $80,000-$100,000 worth of damage. Despite the incident, Midwest Photo Store remains open for business, albeit without the use of a front door, according to a statement posted to its Facebook page earlier today.

“Thank you for all your kind words! As many of you may have seen our front door is out of commission but we are still open and available for you,” the statement reads. “For your safety please use the Learning Studio door located by Advanced Auto Parts.”

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