Collinsville: Brazen burglars cut through Walmart roof

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 5:41 PM

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) -- Police are searching for a suspect after someone cut through the roof of the Collinsville Walmart in an apparent attempted burglary Monday morning.

According to police reports, employees heard a disturbance coming from the roof around 3 a.m. Monday morning.

Officers from Collinsville, Glen Carbon, and the Ilinois State Police responded to the Collinsville Crossing shopping center along Illinois 157.

Police found that someone had opened a hatch on the roof and then tried to cut through the ceiling of a room where money was located in the store.

Police set up a perimeter around the building to watch for anyone coming down from the roof. The Collinsville Fire Department used thermal imaging camera to determine if anyone was in between the roof and ceiling.

Authorities say no burglars were found.  Police believe the suspect or suspects fled the scene before officers arrived.

Police said they believe the suspect may be a former employee because they had internal knowledge of store procedures.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Collinsville Police Department at 618-344-2131.

 

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