Rice City Liquor Store struck by burglars

By Howell Dennis


CROWLEY – Rice City Liquor Store was broken into by thieves wanting nothing more than a small amount of cash.

“I was actually a little late coming in this morning,” said Patricia Istre, the store’s longtime owner. “I got here at about 5 a.m.. When I arrived I saw that the front window had been smashed in, they just walked right up and threw a ratchet through my front window.”

The thieves didn’t make off with a big haul.

“Less than $150,” said Istre. “They just took my cash drawer and the money out of the safe. It’s going to cost more than that to get a new window.”

This isn’t the first time thieves have struck the Rice City Liquor Store.

“Oh, its happened a few times,” said Istre. “We were broken into about two years ago and again on New Year’s Day this year. What I don’t understand is why they break into a little store like this which barely carries any money.”

According to Istre, sometimes thieves hit the store and don’t find anything. However, that doesn’t mean they simply leave.

“When they don’t find anything they just trash the store,” she said. “I just don’t understand why these people do these things.”

Rice City Liquor Store is a popular lunch spot for Crowley residents that is known around Crowley for their hot tamales and chicken salad sandwiches.

The store has been run by Istre’s family since it was built by her great uncle in 1945.

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