Ghost-like burglar caught on video during break-in
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Police say a burglar broke into an Albany business, crawled on the ground to avoid motion sensors, but surveillance cameras caught the whole thing on video.
Investigators said the burglar broke into the D & D Kitchen Center on North Washington Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. on Monday, and stayed for more than five hours.
The crook cut phone and computer wires, in order to slip past the alarm system, but the surveillance cameras were not touched.
The man was wearing a white Tyvek suit, and in the pitch black he glowed like a ghost as he moved around the business for hours.
The video footage shows his glasses making his eyes blaze.
He cut wires and tore up phone lines as he spent hours crawling back and forth. He is also seen lighting a cigarette lighter to try to see.
"He crawled all the way 200 to 300 feet down our shop on his belly," said Paul Dunn with D & D Kitchen Center. "But he didn't think that we have cameras with night vision, and so we got a video of this guy doing this."
The suspect broke a hole in rear fence, setting off an alarm.
But the owner dismissed it.
Then the man tore his way through an exhaust fan about 20 feet off the ground to get inside.
Once inside, he spent hours trying to disable the alarm system. At one point, exhausted, he rolls over on his back to rest.
"[He] Went in and cut the wires thinking he was going to delete it. Get rid of it, where we couldn't see him, but it didn't work," said Dunn.
Dunn says that suit is one his workers use, and he believes the man is a day laborer who may have worked for him, but was really just casing his business out.
After hours of crawling, the crook broke into the coke machine and took a couple of dollars. But he did more than $1,000 in damage to the phone and alarm lines.
"We're beefing up our security we had," said Dunn. "Adding a few cameras here and there to look at some areas that were kind of weak. It'll be tough for someone to get in here."
Dunn said neighboring business owners have also had burglaries recently, and they are working with police to see if it's the same burglar.
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