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‘Hard times’ leads local juveniles to burglarize

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By Alice Du Pont

They stole, they said, because "these are hard times."

Two juveniles have been charged following a 1 a.m. burglary of Quincy Liquors on West Crawford Street in Quincy. Eric Herring, 16, and Rashad Baker, 18, were caught a few blocks from the store on G F & A Drive.

According to a report released by the Quincy Police Department, Herring and Baker admitted to taking about $3,600 in cash, five packs of Newport Cigarettes, five single Swisher Sweet blunts, a picture of a black woman and a purple Crown Royal bag containing a pair of pliers.

The duo gained entry into the building by breaking out the plexiglass door. All of their activities on the store were caught on the in-store cameras.

Herring and Baker were charged with burglary and grand theft, possession of burglary tools, resisting an officer without violence and trespass after warning (at Gadsden Arms Apartments). Baker was taken to the county jail and Herring was released in the custody of his mother.

Store owner Yogi Patel said the burglary and attempted burglaries are raising the cost of doing business. He said last month burglars caused several thousand dollars in damages in a failed attempt to enter the building. They cut air conditioning and electrical wires in the rear of the store, causing him to have to pay for the repairs.

"The insurance has a deductible. If I file a claim, my insurance goes up or they will drop me altogether," Patel said.

A half-block away, at Sykes Fine Foods, Wendy Sykes said his business has suffered damages from vandals. On two occasions the glass panels in the doors and front window have been broken out by someone throwing rocks.