Long Beach Hardware Store Burglar Caught on Video Spraypainting Security Camera

Almost a year later, Long Beach police still searching for suspect.

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    Long Beach police released video of a suspected burglar who spray painted security cameras during the burglary of an Ace Hardware on July 21, 2012. Police announced on May 6, 2013, that the burglar was still being sought.

    A man apparently tried to covertly burglarize a Long Beach hardware store by spray painting the shop's security cameras - but first, he climbed a ladder and stared into the lens, giving police a perfect view of his mug.

    Long Beach police have been searching for the suspected burglar for nearly a year and on Monday, detectives renewed a call for the public's help in the case.

    The break-in occurred July 21, 2012 at the Ace Hardware store at 2720 E. Anaheim Street. The burglar cut a hole in the back wall and made off with thousands of dollars of tools and equipment before fleeing in a 1980s pickup truck, according to a Long Beach Police Department statement.

    Anyone with information can contact Long Beach burglary Detective Jennifer Valenzuela at (562) 570-5592. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org

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