3 holes in the roof to break into a North Miami clothing store and steal goods – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are looking for three con artists who broke into a clothing store in North Miami through the roof of the business.

Surveillance video captured one of the crafty crooks with his legs dangling before starting down an aisle at Purple Carpet along Northwest 119th Street early Thursday morning.

We see the subject trying to cover his face.

Store owner Gary Malik said it was the start of a series of three-hour robberies.

“Whoever it is, they’ve either shopped in the store or they know a little more than they should,” he said.

Malik said it was clear the subject first captured in the security footage was not acting alone.

Surveillance cameras recorded what appear to be two other people wandering around the store during the nighttime break-in.

“It seemed like they were very particular in the product they were selecting,” Malik said.

One subject even put on new clothes.

“They came behind the counter, grabbed four or five Jordans that hadn’t come out yet and even a couple G-Shock watches,” Malik said.

Malik showed how burglars entered his store almost undetected. He wished the motion sensors inside hadn’t gone off sooner as he received the alert at 3am.

“The moment I walked into the reserve, boom, seen like shoes. Crazy.” Malik said.

The trio left a lot to clean up afterwards. There is insulation all over new shoes and boxes thrown on the floor.

“It was just a mess,” Malik said.

What made matters worse, the business owner said, is that Memorial Day weekend is a big deal for his store.

“Doing all of this just to get clothes, you know, going through the roof and literally punching a hole in the roof just to get clothes was pretty amazing,” Malik said.

He thinks he is about $25,000 short, which includes the value of expensive stolen merchandise and the cost of repairing the roof.

“You just have to move on; Things happen. Unfortunately, it happened to us today, but you just have to move on,” Malik said. “Of course it hurts, taking a hit like that, especially [before] a weekend hurts. You just have to move on. We are always open.

Malik said he would offer a reward of $2,000 of his own money to those who help with an arrest.

If you have any information about this break-in or the location of the subjects, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Don’t forget that you can always remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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