Daring Gas Station Burglary Caught on Camera

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BRYAN, Texas - Police are hoping surveillance footage will help them in their search for a man responsible for breaking into a Bryan gas station.

It happened in late April at an Exxon store along Boonville Road and Briarcrest. Police recently released the surveillance footage, hoping someone will recognize the person in the video.

Store manager Zull Dhukka said he was at home, spending some much-needed time with family from out of town when the phone rang just after midnight.

"Of course, when the phone rings around 12:30 or one o'clock, it's kind of bad news, you know," said Dhukka.

It was the alarm company, warning Dhukka of a potential break in at his store.

Dhukka said he rushed to the store and found the glass front door broken out.

Surveillance footage showed the crook break in to the store and rush to the cigarettes behind the counter.

"He steals about 16 hundred dollars worth of merchandise, and then flees in a dark-colored Nissan SUV," said Kelley McKethan with the Bryan Police Department.

Dhukka said the crook was in and out of the store within about 45 seconds, stealing several cartons of cigarettes.

Dhukka decided to do a little investigating on his own. He asked his employees if they'd seen the suspect before. To his surprise, one employee said he'd seen him earlier that same day.

"He came around 7:45 when it was still kind of daylight outside," said Dhukka. "He came when one of my guys was working, and asked what time did we close that night."

Dhukka searched the surveillance footage again and found a man with a striking resemblance to the suspect, wearing the same clothes, walk into the store, ask the clerk a question, then leave. The footage even caught the suspect leaving in the dark-colored Nissan SUV police said he fled the scene in.

McKethan hopes anyone with information will come forward.

"We're asking the public for their help in identifying this person. It's a great video, and we're hoping someone can recognize him," said McKethan.

If you know anything, you're asked to give the Bryan Police Department a call at 979-209-5300, or Crime Stoppers at 775-TIPS (8477).