CLERMONT, Fal. (WOFL FOX 35) - A person attempting to break into a Clermont liquor store was caught on camera early Monday morning.
You can see the masked man take swings at the glass door of Wine Regions over and over again before finally giving up.
“The glass was just replaced on Friday, it was laminate put in,” said manager Denise Schlautman.
Shatter-proof glass has become a new, necessary security measure for the business. It’s been burglarized three times since early April.
On July 6, surveillance video shows people piling into the store.
“This was was quite the group, three vehicles, 11 guys, I mean they were all over the store, grabbing bottles, grabbing everything they could get and get out,” Schlautman said.
Police say the thieves have also been hitting other business in the same plaza off Steves Road. FOX 35 asked investigators if the crimes are all connected.
“It's still really early in the investigation but based on them hitting the same locations and around the same time, it very well could be and that's what detectives are working on right now,” said Clermont Police Officer Erin Razo.
No one seems to know why the suspects keep coming back but if they try it again, Wine Regions may have a new defense. The owner says he’s looking into a company that would put two German Shepherds in the store while it’s closed.
“We’re just trying to do what we can to protect what we have and try to catch who's involved in all this,” Schlautman said.
Police say they are stepping up patrols in the area. They say while the suspects didn’t get into Wine Regions Monday, they did break into Jersey Mike’s, which is a few doors down.
Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call Clermont Police.