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Police: Pawn shop burglary suspect cut hole through roof

Published: Nov. 16, 2016 at 8:49 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2016 at 8:58 AM EST
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BOND HILL - A burglary suspect cut a hole in the roof of a Bond Hill pawn shop in an attempt to get inside and rob it overnight, according to Cincinnati police.

Officers responded to Cash America Pawn at 4875 Reading Rd. when the business alarm went off just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Lt. David Schofield, the night chief.

It remains unclear if the suspect stole anything from the business. It's the second time in a month the shop has been broken into, according to police.

"They cut a hole in the roof and came in through the roof, but we couldn't find any evidence that anything was taken," he said. "It may have been the alarm spooked them. It appears they made entry to the building, but they may have fled when they heard the alarm."

Police remain on scene this morning and are trying to obtain store surveillance video from the manager.

Investigators want to see if security cameras captured the incident.

Schofield said it's not "horribly unusual" for burglary suspects to break into stores like pawn shops through roofs. Generally, these kinds of businesses are protected during closing hours by steel gates over front windows and doors.

"It's not every day," he said, "but it's something that definitely happens."

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