LANSDALE, Pa. (WPVI) --A brazen burglary targeting a family business in Lansdale, Montgomery County may be connected to other crimes in neighboring towns.
Police say the suspect entered the business through a roof vent using a rope to rappel into the store. A similar method of entry was reported last week at Costco in King of Prussia.
A security camera caught the suspect scouring the inside of Lansdale Meats and Deli just before 4 a.m. last Wednesday.
Authorities released the video on Monday.
Police say he opened a roof vent cap and climbed down a string rope to enter the deli.
Businesses in the quiet strip mall are rattled after detectives revealed once inside, the male suspect smashed a hole into the drywall to eventually gain entry into the deli's office.
He stole cash and a 9mm pistol.
Last week, cameras caught a man fleeing after he used rope to rappel 40 feet from a Costco skylight, before swiping fine jewelry inside the King of Prussia store.
Described as a "Mission Impossible"-like strategy, detectives are now looking to see if both incidents are linked.
The stolen gun was entered into a national stolen firearm database.
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact police.
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