Rooftop burglar who hit Super Target may have struck before

Crook entered through roof, left with electronics


SAN ANTONIO – A rooftop burglar who rappelled down a rope into a Northwest Side Super Target store may have struck before at another business just a few miles away.

San Antonio police said they had a similar break-in at a Kohl's store nearby in early August.

In the latest case, detectives said they received a 911 call around 4 a.m. Wednesday from an employee at Super Target located near Loop 1604 and Culebra Road.

Workers who had arrived for the early morning shift told them they noticed a rope hanging from the ceiling.

Detectives said it appeared someone climbed onto the roof of the building, cut a hole in the ceiling and then used the rope to rappel down into the store.

The burglar left the scene with electronics from the store, they said.

On Aug. 10, police received a similar complaint from a worker at Kohl's department store on Potranco Road near Loop 1604.

A police report stated that detectives reviewed surveillance video from that business and noticed a man dressed all in black climbing down a rope from the ceiling while the store is closed.

The report stated that the burglar is seen crawling across the floor to a display case and removing a number of wristwatches from it.

The burglar then walked out of the business through a fire exit, the report stated.

Detectives at the scene of the Super Target burglary said that store also has surveillance cameras inside, and they planned to review the video from it.

Although the cases are similar, police were not able to say right away whether they are connected.

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