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Failed burglary attempt caught on camera
By: Maria Miller
NORTHERN CAMBRIA, Pa. -- State police in Ebensburg released surveillance video of a failed break-in at a Cambria County convenience store Sunday morning. The attempt was caught by several cameras inside and outside of Nic's Tobacco Outlet in Northern Cambria.
The burglars were brazen, trying to break into the store just about 15 minutes before employees arrived for the day. The manager told 6 News she can't make out who they are in the video, but said she's confident someone in the small town will.
"They took it off .... ripped the whole thing out ... the whole thing ... cut the power," said Melissa Bobik, showing 6 News the electric meter outside Nic's Tobacco Outlet.
But cutting the power didn't stop surveillance cameras from recording both inside and outside the store as burglars tried to break in Sunday morning.
"[The video] shows them coming over from the box, trying to pry the door open then they ran that way," said Bobik, manager of the store.
While their faces are hard to make out, what they tried to do is clear in the video. The camera inside the store shows two people dressed in puffy coats with ski masks covering most of their faces trying to get inside the front door. A camera outside shows a different angle. In the daylight Monday, Bobik showed 6 News the damage.
"You can see where they pried the door open, or tried to. They didn't get it open," Bobik said. "Then inside it's all dented."
In all it's about $1,000 worth of damage the convenience store will have to fix and probably hundreds more in lost sales from the few hours it had to close. But money aside, Bobik said it's a shame to see the great lengths people will go to try to get off with a few bucks or a quick fix.
"I've had a window broken a time or two a few years ago and we had some other issues, but never when we were closed like that," Bobik said. "I don't know who thinks of things like that:, pulling an electrical meter out. I hope this pans out and we catch them."
6 News has been told of a few similar burglaries throughout the region in recent weeks, but it's not yet clear if they're related.
State police in Ebensburg ask anyone who thinks they might know who the individuals are to give them a call at 814-471-6500.