Burglar punches hole in wall to steal cash

Police released this surveillance shot of a burglary suspect at Courtney's Bakery.
Police released this surveillance shot of a burglary suspect at Courtney's Bakery.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Police hope surveillance images will help them catch the man who was able to get inside a bakery that was closed for the day by punching a hole in the wall of the vacant business next door.

Back on the morning of April 18, the manager of Courtney’s Bakery on East State Boulevard showed up for work and after unlocking the front door to go inside she noticed the cash register was missing according to a report issued by the Fort Wayne Police Department. The manager immediately went back outside and called police. A short time later officers and the owner arrived at the bakery. The owner told the officers that the bakery had closed at 6 pm the previous day and this was the second time it had been burglarized.

When the officers looked around the bakery they found the cash register had been moved to an office in the back of the store and that the previous days sales were missing from it. They also discovered that the east wall of the bakery had been broken through from the adjacent business.

Police released this surveillance shot of a burglary suspect at Courtney's Bakery.
Police released this surveillance shot of a burglary suspect at Courtney’s Bakery.

It appeared that the burglar had first tried to break in by prying open the back door and when that didn’t work because it had been reinforced from the previous burglary, he went through the unlocked front door of what was believed to have been a tanning salon that was no longer in business.

Surveillance video from inside the bakery shows the burglar punching through the wall in order to get inside. He’s then seen taking the cash register back to the office.

Based on images from the surveillance video, police believe the thief to to a white male, about 50 years old, stocky with dark hair and glasses. He was wearing gloves and a baseball hat.

Police want anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP.

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