DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - Daphne police are asking for help in their effort to find a serial burglar. They said he's hit 16 businesses in just the last two weeks.
Police were able to connect some important dots in their investigation after watching FOX10 News Friday, October 25. Police suspected the same person might be responsible, but they weren't sure until they came up with some surveillance video. That's when one detective realized he'd seen the same suspect on surveillance video from another city right here on FOX10 News.
Someone broke into The Sugar Kettle café in Daphne about two weeks ago. Owner Michelle Young said the thief hit late at night and stole a small amount of cash and a donation jar. He came in through a side window.
"I thought i was odd after he left he even but the screen back up," Young said.
Police suspect the same burglar has hit more than dozen other businesses over a two week span.
"We were figuring it's the same person that's doing all of these burglaries. We just didn't have a lot of evidence at the time, but now the evidence is starting to come in," Lt. Jud Beedy said.
When the burglar hit a local daycare it gave police the break they needed because there was surveillance video.
"We now have video for a daycare in Daphne that shows a suspect as you can see crawling around the business with a flashlight," Lt. Beedy said.
The suspect was wearing a grey sweatshirt with a hood, and dark jeans. Lt. Jud Beedy said he took petty cash, and food from the daycare. Beedy said it was another detective who realized he'd seen the guy before, on Fox Ten News.
"Summerdale had a similar burglary and had a person crawling around the business with a flashlight, just like the video we now have. So obviously, we've got a serial burglar that's roaming around Baldwin County, and we're just trying to put the pieces together and see if we can't figure out who this is," Beedy said.
Video from a burglary at a car dealer in Summerdale shows the same suspect. He's suspect wearing similar clothes and crawls through the business with a flashlight.
There's even a shot of the suspect's car. Police believe it's a late model silver, four door sedan possibly a Mercury Marquise or Ford Crown Victoria.
"The suspect obviously has the hood up over his head to conceal his identity. There's one shot where you can see partially his face. If you know who he is you might recognize that," Beedy said.
Police are hoping someone will recognize the suspect. They say he seems to target small businesses that may not have surveillance cameras or an alarm system. In each case he's gotten into the business through a window. If you recognize the thief call the police.
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