Police: Man breaks into jewelry store by cutting hole in roof

MONTGOMERY, OH (FOX19) - Police in Montgomery and Harrison are working together to see if there is a connection between two cases where a suspect broke into a jewelry store by cutting a hole in the ceiling of the business.

One incident happened Thursday around 2:20 a.m. in Montgomery, Ohio. Police say the man appeared to be startled by the alarm and fled out of the business by smashing out a window.

The Harrison Police Department released video of the person responsible for their break-in, which occurred in the early morning hours of New Year's Eve.

"He used regular tin snips and for him to cut meticulously through [the roof] and make a hole big enough for him to get through..." Lt. Detective Terry Lowry said. "...he was up there for a while."

Detective Lowry said the man is believed to have been walking along the support beams in the ceiling of Bacovin Jewelers when he slipped and fell into their back room.

"We ended up getting a report of a stolen ladder from another business in the area," Detective Lowry said. "We're pretty sure that guy stole the ladder, took it to the business, put it up against the building and climbed on the roof."

Police said once he got on the roof he ripped a satellite dish out and used the tin snips to cut a large hole in the metal. They also believe he was scared off by the store alarm after falling and he is shown on store surveillance running out the front door.

Police are also looking into whether or not this crime is connected to a similar incident in Troy, Ohio.

It's unclear at this time how much it will cost to repair the damages done to Bacovin Jewelers.

Anyone with information on the man pictured in the video is asked to contact the Harrison Police Department or CRIMESTOPPERS at 513-352-3040.

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