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Dog food 'heist' hits Grant Park store

6:41 PM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Owner Jimmy Galloway is calling it an "Ocean's Eleven- style heist," but instead of millions in cash, these thieves drove away with thousands of dollars in dog food. Galloway and his wife own an independent pet store in Grant Park called Intown Healthy Hound.

Sometime Wednesday night their off-site warehouse had its lock cut, and thieves took off with 20,000 pounds of dog and cat food. He doesn't know how they'll sell it, or why they targeted his business, but he knows it's going to hurt his bottom line. 

He thinks he's lost as much as $30,000, assuming his insurance won't cover the warehouse like they would his store. Now the Galloways will have to scramble to find out how to get their family of six through Christmas unaffected.

"It's going to be tough, I don't know any Rockefellers," Galloway said.

With help of 11Alive News viewers, Galloway thinks he could catch the people who ripped him off. The stolen food is proprietary; no other store in the state sells it. 

That means if you see it for sale, it was most likely either sold by Galloway, or stolen from him. He's already had the community unite behind the store; a benefit is planned for 7 p.m. at Hodgepodge Coffeehouse on December 13.

"In situations like this you want to lay in a fetal position," Galloway said. "So to get support like that, it makes you want to dust yourself off and keep going."

If you'd like to help the Galloways, you can call the store at (404) 228-3898

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