Authorities are checking into a possible burglary spree in the ValleyCooperstown, ND (WDAY TV) -- Authorities are combing through evidence, trying to figure out if 2 men are on a burglary spree.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Cooperstown, ND (WDAY TV) -- Authorities are combing through evidence, trying to figure out if 2 men are on a burglary spree.
The latest target a bar in Cooperstown. The description of the burglary, the burglars and the tools used are eerily similar to a case in valley City the night before.
Here's that surveillance video you saw here on WDAY last night, It's 2 men inside the American Legion in Valley City. In this case it took the burglars awhile to find the camera watching them. If it's the same two responsible for the latest burglary, they got a lot better in one day, but not perfect.
Work is underway this evening to get the Fishbowl Bar secured, Owner Rick Rahlf says he got the call from police around 6 this morning.
Rick: "they jimmied the door, they unplugged one camera and then they walked over to the other camera, then they left."
Rahlf says the inside cameras didn't catch their faces. What the burglars didn't plan for is a camera across the street, and it was capturing everything going on outside.
It shows them taking about 15 seconds to get through the door, and they were out of the building within 2 minutes.
Rick: "they thought maybe they tripped an alarm and the police would come, when they saw they didn't come they walked right back over about a half an hour later and walked in like they owned the place."
This time they spent about a half an hour inside. They got the money from this pull tab machine, money that benefits the local hospital. They also got into an ATM and the cash register, all while the bar's surveillance cameras were unplugged.
Rick: "they have something heavier than a pliers and a hammer that's for sure."
Authorities say it had to be something like a crowbar, the crooks from last night were caught on surveillance carrying a crowbar. This video is now being compared to what was captured early this morning. We know in both cases there were 2 burglars wearing hoodies, authorities are also comparing finger prints and other physical evidence on scene.
The time the burglars struck in each case also matches, separated by 24 hours. The two towns are about 50 miles apart.