UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — An elaborate burglary scheme was caught on tape in Fayette County.
Surveillance video shows the suspects inside the Uniontown Lowe’s around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
You can see them scale a wall into a front office before descending the other side and going to work on the safe.
They spend a couple of minutes using a high-powered saw to try and cut their way in. They’re eventually scared off when police arrive.
“Apparently attempted to gain access to the safe but because of our response time which like I said was less than five minutes, it apparently scared them away. They fled scene,” State Trooper Stefani Plume said.
Police say the suspects first tried to enter the store through the roof by cutting several holes above the office area.
When that didn’t work, they cut a whole in a fence near the store’s garden department. Then they used a sledgehammer to break through a glass door.
Police say the suspects were prepared for everything except the extensive security the store had in place.
“Security cameras obviously, No. 1 and then the alarm system itself,” Trooper Plume said.
“I mean, most commercial buildings nowadays have the security system and the alarm as well and we were lucky that we were able to respond so quickly and the alarm company called it in so quickly, that we stopped them from being able to take anything major.”
Still photos also show the two suspects inside the store. Police believe there may have been a third suspect waiting outside.
Police say in cases like this, their best tips come from word of mouth.
If you know anything about this burglary, you should contact Fayette County Crime Stoppers.
If your tip leads to an arrest, it could be worth up to $1,000.