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Police: Burglar Cuts Hole in Roof, Breaks Into Banning Pawn Shop

Banning police are searching for a man they suspect cut a hole into the roof of a local pawn shop to gain access this weekend.

Banning police are searching Monday for a man suspected of cutting a hole into the roof of a local pawn shop in order to lower himself into the store and break into a display case.

According to Banning police, the incident happened just before 3 a.m. Sunday at Banning Pawn on the corner of West Ramsey Street and Highland Springs Avenue.

When the commercial alarm sounded, police officers were on scene within just eleven seconds after being dispatched, according to information provided by Chief Leonard Purvis.

"A perimeter was established and a search of Banning Pawn, businesses that are housed in the same complex, and surrounding area was conducted," a release from Purvis states.

Despite police efforts, though, no one was found or arrested.  Once they got inside the building, they found how the suspect likely escaped.

"A single male, possibly Caucasian or Hispanic, lowered himself inside Banning Pawn," the release said.  "The male broke a display case and then fled through the same way he entered."

Surveillance video shown to Banning-Beaumont Patch shows the man-- who apparently panicked when he set the alarm off-- unsuccessfully tried several times to get out through the roof-- climbing up, and falling down repeatedly-- until he finally made it out a minute or so later.  

At this time, police do not believe anything was actually stolen in the break-in, though the case is still under investigation.  Pawn shop owners also tell Patch nothing was taken.

As of Monday afternoon, the shop had repaired all damage done in the incident.

summer January 16, 2013 at 01:40 AM
I'm waiting to see this show up on World's Dumbest Criminals. It's probably comical to watch him try over and over again to get out. Glad that he apparently didn't get away with anything.
haden ward January 16, 2013 at 07:52 AM
Good point Gary. probably one police officer showed up within eleven seconds and the calvary came a couple of minutes later. Ehhh, looks good for police image to say they got there really fast. But still, the bad guy got away. Again.
haden ward January 16, 2013 at 07:54 AM
I guess the ole Maxwell Smart phrase comes in (would ya believe? Missed him by that much Chief)........
Inside Informer January 16, 2013 at 04:12 PM
The fast response is easy folks - there is a doughnut shop right next door! j/k I support our local law enforcement, but couldn't resist.
kim January 17, 2013 at 07:36 PM
i watched the video it took the first officer 9 minutes to arrive from when the guy first dropped in lol yep the story doesnt make any sense if he was in for over a minute and they were there 11 seconds in why didnt the catch him lol good job banning pd and yes all guns were locked away he did not get a single item other than a hurt behind from falling 4 times from the cieling lol and they also caught a guy fitting the description in palm desert 4 hours later again breaking through the roof in another business.

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