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During crime, burglars help camera with a close-up

ST. PETERSBURG — The would-be thieves left without taking anything, but they spent enough time hitting a surveillance camera for police to get a good look at them.

St. Petersburg police are asking for the public's help to identify two men who broke into a St. Petersburg home.

Two men broke in through the back of a home at the 2800 block of 28th St. N on March 18. The home had been broken into in February, so the homeowner got the camera and angled it across the back yard.

They had gotten a door open before they realized there was a camera.

One of the men glanced back, stopped and immediately glanced at the floor. He tipped his white cap, shielding his eyes.

Crowbar in hand, one of the men smashed the camera until sparks flew. After a while, the camera drooped toward the man, capturing a clear look at his face while the second man stood in the background.

The men went into the home, but police said they left without taking anything.

Anyone with information is asked to call (727) 893-7780, to text (727) 420-8911 or leave a tip at (727) 892-5000.

A surveillance camera caught this fairly clear image of a would-be house thief at an attempted break-in last month.

St. Petersburg Police Department

A surveillance camera caught this fairly clear image of a would-be house thief at an attempted break-in last month.

During crime, burglars help camera with a close-up 04/25/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 25, 2013 4:32pm]
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