Bike-riding thieves break into cars in Monroeville garage
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Monroeville police are investigating the overnight mass break-in by bicycle-riding thieves of vehicles in a corporate garage on Mosside Boulevard.
Two thieves who arrived at the four-story Compunetix Inc. garage on two wheels smashed their way into 17 or 18 vehicles and stole an undetermined amount of cash and small objects during a roughly 90-minute spree that was caught on video.
They did not steal any vehicles.
No dollar damage estimate was available yet, but "It's gonna be impressive," Assistant Police Chief Steven Pascarella said today.
The criminals broke two surveillance cameras but their activities were captured by other cameras in the garage.
Police were unable to make out the faces of the thieves. At least one of them wore a hood.
The criminals broke the glass of the vehicles and scratched many of them, including a 2008 Lexus, a 2011 Cadillac and a 2012 Volvo.
Joe Kasunich, a company vice president, said an employee working the overnight shift discovered the damage around 4 a.m. while going to the garage during "lunch time."
Surveillance shows the thieves arrived by bike at 12:49 a.m. and left at 2:23 a.m.
They rode south on Route 48 toward Route 130.
At least one of the thieves could be seen wearing gloves in the video.
"We can see these individuals arriving on bikes. It's very much silhouette-like images," Mr. Kasunich said.
One, he said, did a "belly crawl" underneath the camera, apparently in an attempt to shield his face. That person wore a gold hood, black jacket, blue jeans and black tennis shoes.
Although a tally of the stolen goods has not been completed, Mr. Kasunich said most employees reported losing cash. In one case, a GPS left on a dashboard was not taken.
First Published October 31, 2012 3:42 pm