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Burglar's big plan falls through

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - San Diego police are hoping you can help them catch a burglar who broke into a construction site in North Park.

A newly-released video has its funny moments, but investigators are taking this crime seriously.

The burglary took place on Oct. 19 at a construction site that used to be the North Park Inn.

According to construction worker Adam Boyte, sometime during that night, the burglar jumped the fence and found an opening on the second floor that went into the construction office. But the hole isn't quite big enough, and the suspect got stuck.

"You see at one point he uses his leg to grab a chair, but when he falls he misses the chair," Boyte said.

The man loses his sweatshirt during the landing, but he gets right back up, gets dressed, and starts to look around for something to steal. He may have had a less-than-graceful entrance, but what happens next qualifies this burglar to be filed under "stupid criminals."

"He must have thought that if he stole the camera that that would take any evidence that he had been inside the building itself, but that isn't the hard drive where the actual data is kept," San Diego Police Department spokesperson Monica Munoz said.

Police don't know what the man was looking for specifically. He took a digital camera off a desk and a surveillance camera, but what they do know is construction sites are often a target for criminals.

"There were a lot of other things he could have taken that were of value. It's easy to have a $1,000 worth of tools laying around," Boyte said.

Despite the comical manner in which this burglar decided to break into the construction site, this is still a felony.

Diamond One Construction has installed more surveillance cameras, and police hope someone recognizes the man in this video.

"You can clearly see the individuals face and he is wearing really distinctive jeans, they have a really wide stripe, white stripe along the back of the jeans," Munoz said.


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