Fargo businessman catches thieves on cameraFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo businessman needs your help. The building he's renovating has been broken into twice, but this time he caught the suspect clearly on camera.
A Fargo businessman needs your help. The building he's renovating has been broken into twice, but this time he caught the suspect clearly on camera.
The man who owns this building says last summer, he lost about $1,500 worth of tools, metal, and stainless steel. He put up cameras quickly after, saying he wasn't taking any more chances.
An SUV with a unique bike rack pulls up. The suspect gets out and breaks into the building on April 2nd.
Derek Christopherson – Burglary Victim: "Out of all the crimes out there we see in today's world, theft is one I've never got a grip around, that someone feels the need to perform such an act."
About ten thousand dollars worth of the tools and copper wire stolen from Christopherson Plaza, on the corner of Main Avenue and I-29.
Derek Christopherson: "It does provide a sense of security knowing you have a plan in place to protect your belongings."
Derek Christopherson's extensive security system captured this revealing video: It shows the suspect stuffing rolls of copper into the back of this SUV A clip police say should help them catch the criminal.
Sgt. Mark Lykken – Fargo Police Department: "It's a place to start. And in this particular vehicle it shouldn't be that hard for police to spot, or the public."
Yet police say there are still no solid suspects. Christopherson captured hours of video showing people pulling up close to the building on bike and in cars. Despite this top-of-the-line technology, police say solving crimes is still a slow, methodical process.
Sgt. Mark Lykken: "Unfortunately fighting crime is not like the TV shows where it's not solved in an hour. We will use all the tools we can but sometimes it takes weeks."
Police can't always do it alone, so Christopherson needs your help identifying for this suspect.
Derek Christopherson: "I'm excited to see if we can get some results and ultimately get the tools back.”
If you recognize the suspect, or the vehicle, you're asked to call Fargo Police at 701-241-1405.