Caught on Camera: Bryan Burglar Steals Equipment, Then Delivery Van In Reverse

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BRYAN - A brazen burglary caught on camera in Bryan as a man steals a van in a daring escape.

That was after he spent the night searching for things to steal.

News 3 went inside to see what happened and has reaction from one of the owners about this very bizarre burglary.

A very bold burglar broke into the warehouse of ProSTAR Industries which is a cleaning supply company on North Harvey Mitchell Parkway in Bryan.

The man gained entry around 2 A.M. Thursday by peeling back metal siding.

"He had to try a couple areas to find where he could actually gain entry and then broke a pipe on the way in so it flooded the dock and flooded the back of the property," said Dory Howell, who is one of the owners and Chief Financial Officer.

She says the suspect spent five hours inside the warehouse during which time he found a can of spray paint and just like you see in the movies painted one of the surveillance cameras.

Howell says he stole their trade show booth, a case and bag, a Fed Ex scale, and tools.

"He didn't touch any computers, he didn't touch any of the supplies or anything of that nature so he was kind of specifically looking for certain things it seems," said Howell.

After finding keys to their delivery van, he backed it right off the loading dock.

You can see the front of the van pop up as it makes the more than three foot drop.

This bumbling burglar had at least a little bit of a plan as he made his getaway. He used these pallets to lessen the blow as the van came crashing down out of the loading dock. Dory Howell says between the loss of property and damage she's looking at loss of about $25,000 to $30,000.

"And from there we can see him pull around to the front at around 7 o'clock. The gates are open and he drove through the front gate," she said.

The search continues for the delivery van and the man who might want to think about being a stunt driver instead of burglar.

The burglar is described as a Hispanic male at least 5'11 inches tall in his early 20's.

He was wearing a light colored hat with a sticker on it and very baggy pants.

The owner says the business had a burglar alarm, but it had not been working before the burglary.

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information on this case and can be reached at (979) 775-TIPS (8477).


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