Burglar tunnels into Greeneville gaming store

Burglar tunnels into Greeneville gaming store

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In GameStop, the video filmed a thief crawling to a crime spree. In GameStop, the video filmed a thief crawling to a crime spree.

By HANA KIM
6 News Reporter

GREENEVILLE (WATE) - Surveillance video reveals clues about how a burglar tunneled his way into a Greeneville gaming store, taking thousands of dollars worth of equipment.

In GameStop, at 3793 E. Andrew Johnson Highway, the video filmed a thief crawling to a crime spree.

The burglar went through the cash register and pocketed $300. He also took an Xbox 360, a Wii System and a couple PlayStation 3s from a back storage room for a total value of $1,300.

The burglary lasted 16 minutes, which begs the question how did the thief manage not to set off the alarm system? The burglar pried open the back door going into a vacant business right next to GameStop.

From inside the vacant business the determined thief tunneled through the wall getting into GameStop through a 16-inch hole.

"All the way through quite a lot of damage," said Dawn Myers, a Sprint employee, who works nearby.

"I think it took him well over an hour to get into the building," said Lt. Detective Pat Hankins.  

Several tools were left behind at the store including pliers and screw drivers.

Police think heavier tools were also used. "He had quite a good knowledge of the building where the motion detectors were located," Lt. Hankins said.

"Except to resell, I don't know if one person could use all of that," said Myers.

Detectives believe the burglar was out for more, but he finally touched a door that set off the alarm. He ran off a with the box full of goodies.

Police believe the burglar was a slim white man, about 5'6" to 5'8" wearing a long black coat, gloves and a ski mask.

If you have any information about this incident, call 423-639-7111.

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