Burglars Use Violent Storm for Cover

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Harrison Pirtle
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Updated: 4/29/2014 6:34 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WDEF-TV) - Two enterprising burglars decided to use stormy weather as cover early today.
They made quite a haul---but the business owner also picked up some valuable clues.

At midnight the Tennessee Valley and north Georgia were in the grips of a major storm. Rain was coming down sheets and tornado funnels were reported in the area. But at Griffith Cycle over on Dodds Avenue two people were preparing to hit a carefully selected target.

JEFF GRIFFITH, GRIFFITH CYCLE "You can see one guy over here real quick, and he's over here trying a little bit and apparently he needed help.

The state of the art security camera system tracked the two thieves, but was unable to get a clear face shot of either. They pried opened a side door and went to the main showroom where they took two expensive bikes.

GARY GRIFFITH, OWNER "This is one very similar to the one that was stolen. This is the 350....the one that was stolen was a 300, and a 500. "

Griffith Cycles has been in that location since 1956. They've had a few smash and grab break-ins but nothing like this one.

GARY GRIFFITH "What's the value of these? Well, between them. they both totaled about 19-20-thousand."

This burglary was pulled off during a violent storm, and the alarm went off as it was supposed to do.
But the burglars may have waited for just the right time to act.

GARY GRIFFITH "Yes, and the police who came here a little while ago..the detectives were telling us...that there were alarms going off all over the city ..And they couldn't respond to all of them..it was just impossible."

As you can see from the security video, the two people covered their faces, but the cameras picked up some valuable clues police can use.

GARY GRIFFITH "Well one of them seemed to think he knew maybe who it was. I won't tell you the address but he was going to go check it."

The police now have that video---as the search continues for two men who stole 20-thousand dollars worth of motorcycles.

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