Store manager: Family Dollar store break-in was ‘quick’

Police counting on surveillance video for clues into burglary at 7400 block of West Military Drive

SAN ANTONIO – The manager of a Family Dollar store on the city’s west side said a break-in at the business happened quickly and appeared to be planned.

Matthew Rodriguez found out about the crime after 1:30 a.m. Monday by way of a phone call from an alarm company.

Someone had smashed one of the front windows, triggering the burglar alarm.

"I came over and sure enough, glass everywhere," Rodriguez said.

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San Antonio police received a call around the same time and arrived within minutes in the 7400 block of West Military Drive.

Officers at the scene told KSAT 12 News they obtained surveillance video showing the crime in action.

They said it showed a man entering the business and carrying out a load of merchandise, including several electronic items, in a trash bag. The man put the bag into a shopping cart which he had waiting outside.

Rodriguez also viewed the video and said the burglar acted quickly.

"He was just going through," he said. "I mean he was shoving things in. Got out. Done. So, I mean he knew what he was doing. "

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Rodriguez believes the burglary may have involved quite a bit of planning.

The man appeared to know exactly what to take, and he even brought the shopping cart with him, Rodriguez said.

Officers later found the shopping cart nearby, still loaded with stolen merchandise.

Rodriguez said it appears the burglar may have gotten away empty-handed.

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"Everything that we saw him taking on camera, they basically got back. It was almost, like, everything," he said.

Even though they spent about an hour searching, officers never tracked down the man.

Rodriguez spent several hours minding the business until the window could be repaired.

About the Authors:

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.