MAGNA, Utah, Oct. 18, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Unified Police officers made a startling discovery in Magna early Thursday morning when they came upon a wide open 7-Eleven — not exactly unusual for a national franchise known for 24/7 service, however, no one was minding this particular store.
There were no clerks, no cashiers — just a group of people helping themselves to free merchandise.
Concerned officers entered the store, at 2703 S. 8400 West, just as the thieves ran off, and noticed that more than a few things were missing.
The cash drawer was gone, food and cigarettes had vanished, and the whole business had an undeniably “ransacked” look about it.
UPD Lt. Paul Barker was one of the officers on scene. He told Gephardt Daily police tried contacting a store manager, but he did not answer the phone.
Officers then watched the store’s surveillance video which showed a lone female clerk walk from the store about 1 a.m.
While she was gone, the video showed would-be shoppers enter the store and begin swiping food, drink and cigarettes.
Barker said the female clerk returned at about 1:40 a.m. after talking with her manager. According to Barker, she had walked from the store after the worker who was supposed to relieve her failed to show up for the overnight shift.
Barker said it was unclear if the clerk would be keeping her job.
UPD Sgt. Melody Gray told Gephardt Daily investigators were still looking into the incident.
“Several people came in and took what they wanted,” Gray said. “They took everything. Since no one was there, it was not a robbery. It was more of a burglary, but the door wasn’t locked, so it was more like theft,” she said.
Gray said it was yet to be determined if any suspects could be identified or charged from the surveillance video.