Trapped burglary suspects caught at Northeast Philadelphia Target store

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
VIDEO: Trapped burglary suspects caught at NE Phila. Target
Police have captured two burglary suspects who became trapped at a Target store in Northeast Philadelphia.

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police have identified the two burglary suspects who were found trapped at a Target store in Northeast Philadelphia.

The suspects are identified at 36-year-old Daniel Bethea of the 1900 block of Oxford Avenue and 38-year-old Daniel McMillan Jr. of the 6200 block of Homer Street.

It happened at the Target in the 11000 block of Roosevelt Boulevard.

Action News was there just after 5:00 a.m. Wednesday as the two suspects were led out of the store and into a waiting police van, surrounded by a dozen law enforcement officials.

It was a dramatic end to a search that begin nearly four hours earlier.

Police were called by Target security at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday after a silent alarm went off, and security personnel found a back door sawed open and insulation pulled from the door.

Police say the suspects were seen in the area of the electronics department. Both had backpacks.

Responding officers spotted at least one of the suspects on the roof. That suspect then disappeared from sight. Police believed the suspect went back into the store.

As additional police units arrived on the scene, all the exits to the store were blocked, a fire department ladder truck arrived on the scene, and investigators sent a K-9 unit into the store.

Officers searched the aisles, the air ducts and kept an eye on the roof.

Finally at about 5:00 a.m. came word that the suspects had been collared.

Police found the two men lying on top of each other inside a ventilation unit on the roof of the massive building.

Police say Bethea was found to be in possession of a backpack containing a flashlight, a battery operated cutting tool with grinding disks and a portable walkie talkie.

Bethea and McMillan are considered suspects for numerous Target burglaries in Chester, Montgomery and Bucks counties.

McMillan and Bethea are both charged with: Burglary, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Trespass and related offenses.