Glued Store Locks Investigated - KLFY News 10

November 26, 2004

Glued Store Locks Investigated

While hundreds of Acadiana stores were opened bright and early, ready for holiday shoppers, other's were not so lucky. A holiday prank was not so funny to store owners.

What was supposed to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year turned out to be a bust for some Acadiana businesses.

Chuck Trenchard/S & K Men's Sportswear: When I went to put it in, it would not go any farther than this right here. It was stuck...

Chuck Trenchard, an employee of S & K Men's Sportswear, located in the Courtyard Shopping Center, says he and his fellow employees were literally locked outside of their store.

Chuck Trenchard/S & K Men's Sportswear: I arrived at the store to open up around 7:30 this morning and went to put my key in the lock and it just would not go in. I looked at Marshall's. They had a lot of people over there. Then, someone came over to me and said your key is not going to work, someone super-glued the lock shut. I could see where a little drip was coming out...

Garan Wilson/Pop-a-Lock: They called me at about 5 this morning and said about 15-20 businesses had glue stuck in their locks and they needed us to fix it...

Garan Wilson, a locksmith with Pop-a-Lock, says his crew had an early morning wake up call. He soon found out dozens of stores had been vandalized.

Garan Wilson/Pop-a-Lock: Probably, I think it was 30 stores, but probably, 200-250 locks...

Including locks at Old Navy, a popular clothing store.

Garan Wilson/Pop-a-Lock: There was about 500 people in the way, so I had to move them and then, I found about a half a tube of glue stuck inside there...

Apparently, the person or persons responsible for this also snuck into the Mall of Acadiana and literally glued an unknown number of locks shut.

Across the street, Trenchard says this prank has cost him, and several other stores in his shopping center, thousands of dollars.

Chuck Trenchard/S & K Men's Sportswear: We had a number of people that came and left. I think we lost about $1000 or more in business...

Most of these businesses finally got their doors open, but on Black Friday, time is money and these stores lost both.


Nicole Murray, TV 10 Eyewitness News

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