TEMPLE — Someone reportedly drove a pickup truck through the front of the Dollar General store at 11475 W. State Highway 36, just west of Temple, on Wednesday.

Bell County Sheriff’s Department deputies went to the store in response to an alarm call at about 6 a.m. They found major damage to the front of the building, apparently caused by a vehicle crashing into it.

The vehicle ran through the front of the store’s large glass windows and two glass doors, and damaged a large amount of merchandise, Lt. Donnie Adams said.

Part of a wall was damaged, too, said Crystal Ghassemi, spokeswoman for Dollar General. But the building is boarded up, cleaned up and back open for business while repairs are underway, Ghassemi said.

Ghassemi wouldn’t release the dollar amount of damages because it is against Dollar General’s policy, she said.

“We’re very fortunate this happened during non-business hours, so no one was hurt. I have no idea how this happened. I know sometimes people get the brake and gas pedal mixed up and we’ve had that happen at some stores,” Ghassemi said.

A white, four-door Chevrolet pickup truck, possibly a 2007 model, was seen in the store’s security video crashing through the front of the store, backing up and then leaving. The driver never got out of the truck, Adams said.

“Front end damage might be a clue to solving this and other crimes,” Adams said. “Before Christmas a rash of armed robberies was reported, and this was one of the stores we were concerned about because it’s on the fringes of the community. We’re concerned about stores off of the main roads.”

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Bell County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division tip line at 254-933-5539.

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