PHOTO SUBMITTED / A still frame from the surveillance video at T.H. Perkins Furniture Co. shows the three mattresses that were reported stolen and one of the suspects' white Ford F-150.
PHOTO SUBMITTED / A still frame from the surveillance video at T.H. Perkins Furniture Co. Thursday afternoon shows three mattresses that were reported stolen from the store loading dock and the white Ford F-150 driven by one of the suspects.

Mattresses stolen from Boulevard furniture store

Published 9:51pm Thursday, July 3, 2014

Three mattresses were stolen from the T.H. Perkins Furniture Co. loading dock at 830 Brookway Blvd. some time between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday.

Storeowner Don Perkins said the store’s surveillance video showed a heavyset black man in a T-shirt and an over shirt pulled up behind the store around 2:57 p.m. in a white F-150 pickup.

“He sat there about 20 minutes,” Perkins said, but he finally backed up and looked at the three mattresses that were sitting on the dock. Perkins said about that time two black women, dressed in long shorts, pulled up near the loading dock in a green Expedition. Perkins said he thinks that the Expedition may have been a 1997 or 1998 model.

Perkins said they then removed a blue barrel that was in the back of the pickup and loaded the mattresses in the truck. After putting the barrel back in the truck, they left with the two king mattresses and one queen mattress, which were still wrapped in plastic.

PHOTOS SUBMITTED / Screen shots from the T.H. Perkins Furniture Co.  video show two of the suspects in the mattress robbery, according to store owner Don Perkins.
PHOTOS SUBMITTED / Screen shots from the T.H. Perkins Furniture Co. video show two of the suspects in the mattress robbery, according to store owner Don Perkins.

Perkins said store personnel were busy at the time and he was not aware of what happened until some time later when they noticed the mattresses missing and reviewed the surveillance video. He said a customer later told him the pickup was spotted on Highway 84 going east toward Monticello when one of the mattresses fell out and was loaded back in the truck.

Perkins said the three Scandinavian mattresses are valued at around $6,000 and have green bamboo covers. He said that based on the video, it looks like the man has a goatee.

This isn’t the first time the store has had things taken from behind the business, Perkins said. “I’ve had it happen before when I didn’t have a camera, so I got one,” he said.

Brookhaven Police Chief Bobby Bell said police officers reviewed the video and are conducting an investigation. The Monticello Police Department and Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department were contacted and asked to watch for the suspects since they were last seen heading in that direction.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Brookhaven Police Department at 601-833-2424.

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