Upholstery shop break-in may be tied to shed fire
March 25, 2013 at 7:05 p.m.
Updated March 24, 2013 at 10:25 p.m.
A fire that gutted a shed across the street from the Victoria County Jail may be connected to a break-in at Carmona Custom Upholstering next door.
At 3:30 a.m. Sunday, the Victoria Fire Department received a call reporting fire on the 100 block of N. Moody St.
The building was vacant with the exception of a few pieces of miscellaneous office supplies - all now burnt to a crisp.
The Victoria County Appraisal District lists the property owner as Abenco Inc. The property was appraised at $11,400 in 2012.
Manager Desi Carmona, 41, whose family owns the upholstering shop, said the store door was open, front windows were broken and a Coleman ice chest valued at $150 was missing from the shop that same morning.
Carmona said he thought the break-in was unusual because nothing of greater value was taken.
"Whoever did this must have been partying because we found Miller Lite beer cans scattered around," Carmona said. "It's also strange that they didn't break in through the back windows. ... They felt brave enough to do this right in front of the sheriff's department."
The case remains under investigation.