Two men snuck into an unincorporated El Cajon market by forcing their way in through a rooftop vent, stealing large amounts of cigarettes and lottery tickets, according to San Diego County Sheriff's officials (SDSO).
The burglary happened between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Sunday when two adult men broke into the Rainbow Farms Market, located at 1335 La Cresta Boulevard in unincorporated El Cajon.
The men climbed up on the roof and removed a large vent on the rooftop, forcing their way into the building through the ceiling, Sergeant Chris Galve said. The men climbed down inside the market.
The men stole a large quantity of cigarettes and lottery tickets, Galve said. Deputies later learned the men cashed the lottery tickets at multiple locations throughout San Diego's East County.
Once they burglarized the market, the man climbed back out of the building and fled before deputies arrived.
Deputies examined surveillance camera footage of the incident and identified the burglars, Galve said.
Lakeside residents Everett Luther and Travis Murry were later taken into custody for the burglaries. Murry had two outstanding felony warrants on unrelated burglary charges.