Photos taken from surveillance video show a man smashing his way into All Points Electric Ltd. early Thursday, then trying to leave through the still-solid glass pane head first. If you recognize this man, call the Brandon police.
The owner of All Points Electric Ltd. hopes hilarious security footage of a break-in will help catch a bumbling would-be thief.
All Points Electric Ltd. owner Darren Wright points to dried blood left on a garage window after the break-in. (GRAEME BRUCE/BRANDON SUN)
The footage captured just before 3 a.m. Thursday shows a young man smashing through a front door of the nearly empty shop with a metal hoop from a steel drum, before he contorted through the opening and ran out of the camera frame.
Just a few seconds later, likely stunned from an alarm, the man crouched down and attempted to run through the wrong, still-solid glass pane head first. With the glass and the man unfazed, he then ducked out the smashed opening and ran away.
The video can be seen online at bdnsun.ca/UqDJMY.
Security footage just a few moments earlier from other cameras mounted on the exterior of the building shows the man smashing through three windows of the work trucks parked out front and two small garage windows.
The man took a box from one of the trucks to stand on to hoist himself through one of the garage windows, but was unsuccessful — dried blood on the edge of one of the blown-out windows means he only got away with cuts.
The shop’s security cameras captured the break-in on tape, and owner Darren Wright said anyone who recognizes the crook should call police.
"I knew the video was funny and it would get a lot of attention and people would just keep sharing it," he told the Sun.
Although nothing was taken, it’s not just a funny online video for Wright. The window damages will be in the thousands, he said.
And he has no idea what the thief was looking for.
"We don’t have anything here, we’re just electricians," Wright said. "There was some material at the back of the van ... I don’t know what he was after."
He assumes the man was drunk, as he was stumbling in the footage given to police.
Wright moved his business to 1126 Princess Ave. in April for more shop space and has been using spare time to fix up the building, but the break-in takes him one step in the wrong direction. He and his crews spent Thursday cleaning up the mess left by the thief.
"This is the last thing we need," he said.
Anyone with information should contact the Brandon Police Service.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 25, 2014