Burglary suspect cuts through fence, wall of Lakeland business
LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - A suspected burglar in Lakeland, Florida appears to have cut his way through a fence, and then through a business' wall, before climbing to the ceiling to cut the cord on a surveillance camera.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office says deputies hope someone will recognize the "very physically fit, just not morally fit" burglar.
According to the sheriff's office, the burglar broke in at Wyatt-Fitzgibbons Sheet Metal, Inc. in Lakeland sometime between Sunday, December 16 and Monday, December 17.
Investigators say the suspect cut through a fence, then cut a hole through the wall to gain access.
Once inside, surveillance video shows him climb items stacked against the wall. As he climbs, he seems to shield his face.
Once he nears the camera, the video stops. Polk investigators say the wire to the camera was cut.
"Apparently, he’s a bit self-conscious, and doesn’t like people seeing him at 'work,'" the sheriff's office wrote in a post on Facebook. "That 'work' consisted of him stealing two Generac generators and a roll of copper wire. That’s some pretty lame 'work' if you ask us."
The sheriff's office said there may be a second suspect involved.
"It definitely looks like there’s a second person moving around outside that hole. Maybe he didn’t have a hoodie to hide his mug. We actually think he didn’t bring a hoodie on purpose so his cohort in crime would have to do all of the climbing around like he’s Spider-Man," the sheriff's office wrote in the Facebook post.
Anyone with information about this burglary is asked to call Detective Marcoux at 863-298-6200, or to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or visit www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.