Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Two suspects were able to escape police, but not surveillance cameras when they allegedly broke into a She Buys pawn shop at 927 North Salina St. on Syracuse’s North Side.
Police are hoping images and video recorded during the incident will help lead to the suspects.
The shop’s owner, David Michael, says he loves the pawn shop business because he never knows what’s going to walk through his door, but he never expected the May 17 break-in.
The burglars smashed their way in, tripping the alarm in the process. But they were able to flee the scene with an Xbox 360 and some headphones before police arrived.
Police say they took their time casing the business. Surveillance images show them outside the shop as much as an hour beforehand.
“This is a perfect example of what burglars do. They'll come in, and they'll case a place. They'll look around and they'll check it out to see who is watching,” said Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan. “When people see suspicious people hanging around, this is exactly what it looks like.”
The shop owner said he felt violated by the incident, but he hopes the surveillance video will lead police to the perpetrators.
“I'm just hoping to send a message to the criminals that you just can't do this to people's stuff,” he said.
One man is described as black, around 5-foot-8, 165 pounds and wearing a blue baseball hat with a sticker on the brim and a hooded jacket.
The other man is described as white, 5-foot-8 to 6 feet tall, 165 pounds with a goatee, dark colored loafers and a white emblem on the left breast of his jacket.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects should call police at (315) 442-5222.