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New Details: Burglars caught on camera stealing from local business
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - Security cameras captured some burglars in action stealing thousands of dollars worth of wiring from a local business. It happened at Sequel Electrical Supply on Mason Lane late last month. Escambia County deputies are asking for your help to find the people responsible.
Staff members at Sequel Electrical Supply say the crooks took out screws, then pulled back the tin on a building. They then yanked out copper wire, pulled it down to a hole in a fence where they then loaded it onto a truck.
The surveillance video was shot around 3:30 a.m. on February 27. It shows one of the suspects knocking out a light fixture in an outdoor storage area and a white, four-door pick-up truck pulling up.
"There's probably three, maybe four people that did this," said Chuck Baerresen, a manager at Sequel Electrical, "They didn't set off any alarms. They basically got [a few feet] into the building, just enough to reach in and pull wire off of our rack, through the hole, around the back of the building."
Baerresen says the suspects stole around $5,000 worth of wire and caused another $5,000 in damage. And he says this isn't the first time the company's been ripped off, that thieves stole copper wire in a very similar burglary around five years ago.
"It definitely makes you angry," Baerresen said, "You work hard for what you do and this all comes out of our pockets. This is our profits that are being stolen."
Baerresen says the company has heightened security and that local scrap yards have been notified to watch out for anybody trying to sell the wire.
If you have any information about this incident that can help investigators, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers immediately at 850-433-STOP.