A burglar who broke into a New Braunfels Target store early Sunday morning took his time pulling off the crime, then left with thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise, according to the New Braunfels Police Department.

“It looks like he spent a couple of hours inside the store, loading up various types of electronic equipment," said Lt. Steven Hanna. "(He took) iPads, iPods, some television sets."

Hanna said employees who arrived at the store around 4 a.m. Sunday were alerted to the break-in by a fire door alarm that was going off.

They soon realized that someone had broken into the business, located near Interstate 35 and FM 483.

Hanna said the burglar got in through the roof somehow without triggering any burglar alarms or motion detectors.

Once inside, he said, the burglar loaded up thousands of dollars’ worth of electronics.

He made his exit only after workers arrived, by running out an emergency exit and setting off that alarm, Hanna said.

Employees caught just a glimpse of the burglar, who was wearing a mask and hoodie, as he ran away.

Police believe he may have had an accomplice outside who was acting as a lookout.

Although the store does have surveillance cameras, Hanna said none of the images, so far, is of much help to detectives.

Police ask anyone with information about the crime to call the New Braunfels/Comal County Crime Stoppers hotline at 830-620-TIPS (8477).

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