An Oakland businessman says he’s selling up and moving to Muscle Shoals after dealing with rampant crime for too long.
Derek Drake is a Bay Area native, the son of former Oakland Raider Art Thoms, who bought a chain of laundromats 45 years ago.
According to ABC7 in San Francisco, Drake has been involved in burglaries, thefts, vandalism and other crimes, all with criminals becoming more brazen.
“Three out of the last four nights people have been trying to get into my laundry. Out of four nights… that’s crazy!” Drake said in an interview.
In a security video, a person can be seen crashing a truck into the front window of a laundromat and stealing the ATM. That cost about $30,000, Drake said. In another video, the men can be seen opening the change machine, which had a price tag of $5,000.
Going penniless didn’t seem to change anything and his attitude towards crime prevention influenced his decision. As he told NBC, “California seems to be the state that leaves everything.”
Drake and his family moved to Alabama in June and plan to open new laundromats, according to Inside Edition.
They have a big, new house with more space, but they are adjusting to the culture shock.
“They’re just hard-working people living their lives,” he said.