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Waukesha police call sub shop burglar a 'pro'

Posted at 7:39 AM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 08:56:43-04

The City of Waukesha is seeing the start of a crime spree of burglars breaking into local businesses and stealing all the money they can find. Police are now trying to find out if at least two incidents are connected.

Surveillance video at Suburpia Subs in Waukesha shows a person breaking into the shop just before 2:30 Friday morning.

The bathroom ceiling comes crashing down.

"I think he's like a Spiderman," owner Howard Duncan said.

For a moment they appear hesitant, but then continue on their mission. Disguised in a white ski mask and wearing cargo pants and white gloves, the mysterious person heads to the cash registers.

"He's just loading his pockets," Duncan said as he watched the video.

The burglar empties one register and then the other, but does not stop there.

Appearing calm and nonchalant, the person walks into the office where they're quick to find and open a safe with more money before escaping out the back door.

The burglar is in and out of the shop within six minutes.

"We're a small business," Duncan said. "To see someone just come in there as easily as he was able to do that and take our money, it's a day of money gone out of our business."

Duncan feels violated and is amazed at how the burglar broke in.

They first took a crowbar to the door that leads to the building's roof. Duncan then believes he took the ladder inside and went up to the crawl space before entering through the bathroom.

"He had to shimmy across some two-by-fours," he said, "Then when he got to our building here he kicked the drywall in and then it all fell."

Police told Duncan the burglar looks like a "pro."

They confirm to TODAY'S TMJ4 that they're investigating this incident along with another burglary at a different business from the same night.

In the meantime, Duncan is already looking at ways to step up his security to prevent this from happening again.

"You don't think it's going to happen to you and then it does happen, and it really changes the way you look at things," he said.

Duncan is offering a $200 reward for information leading to the burglar's arrest.

If you know anything about what happened, call Waukesha Police at 262-524-3831.