Suspect Tries To Saw Through Roof Of Walmart Cash Room

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COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI)-- Police called him a desperate criminal, who tried to saw his way into a Walmart cash room, with workers and customers in the store, early Monday morning at the Collinsville Crossing Walmart in Collinsville.

Even though he didn`t get any money, investigators considered the case a big deal and the suspect a threat, given what he tried to do; plus 'how' and 'where' he tried to do it.

"He tried to cut in there with a saw," said Major Tom Coppotelli of the Collinsville Police Department. "He was sawing through the ceiling, apparently to drop down into the offices.  One of the cashiers went in there to make change or whatever."

He said that worker saw the saw poking and cutting through the ceiling around 3:30.

Police gave this account:  the suspect climbed through a drop ceiling, crawled to an office where money was kept, then tried to saw through the drywall ceiling;  the worker called a store manager, who called police;  the suspect scurried back through the ceiling, then walked out like nothing happened before police arrived.

"They heard him scampering through there like a rat and he got out ... he crawled into the ceiling and through there with people working.  So he`s pretty bold," Maj. Coppotelli said.

A surveillance camera caught him coming and going, wearing a dark cap, blue shirt, khakis, and dark shoes.

"Somebody knows this guy...we believe he has some type of knowledge of the set up.  Either he has worked there; he knows someone who works there or something to that effect.  He`s got some kind of intricate knowledge that there`s money in that area," Maj. Coppotelli said.  "He kind of thought he was invisible.  He was until that saw come through."

He said the suspect was an African American or Hispanic man in his late 20's or early 30's.

If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).  You may get up to a $1,000 reward and you don't have to leave your name.

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