Burglar Targets Old Town Store, Cuts Wires to Alarm System

Investigators say the suspect is responsible for at least two incidents at the Five & Dime General Store on San Diego Ave.

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    The suspect, caught on surveillance tape.

    San Diego police are searching for an unknown man who appears to be targeting a general store near Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, cutting the wires to the store’s security alarm system as part of his ploy to burglarize the business.

    According to investigators, the suspect has hit the Five & Dime General Store at 2501 San Diego Ave. twice in two months.

    The first incident took place on Mar. 1 at around 8 p.m.

    Police said the man was seen on surveillance tape cutting wires to the store’s security alarm system. A few hours later, he returned and kicked in the rear door. After forcing open the door, the left. Thirty minutes later, the returned to the store and completed the burglary.

    The crook struck again on Apr. 25 at around 9:40 p.m.

    Again, he was caught on surveillance cameras cutting the wires to the business’ security alarm system. This time, however, the man did not return to the store to complete the burglary.

    Since the man was captured on surveillance tape, police do have pretty clear images of the suspect. Those photos were released to the public for the first time Wednesday.

    The burglary suspect remains at large, but police are hoping the photos will drum up new information on his identity and whereabouts. Anyone with information on this case should contact the SDPD’s Western Division at (619) 692-4800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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