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Atascadero police release surveillance video in search for burglars

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The Atascadero Police Department released surveillance video Friday in an effort to locate the criminals responsible for two separate burglaries.

The most recent burglary happened just before 4:00 a.m. Friday morning at El Camino Liquor on El Camino Real in Atascadero.

Caleb Davis, Administrative Sergeant with the Atascadero Police Department, says police were notified that alarms were sounding from the store and someone was inside.

"We knew somebody was there. The officers got there as fast as they could," Sgt. Davis said.

Surveillance video obtained by the police department shows a person coming up to the front of the store and bashing the window of the door with a wooden slab. The suspect then enters the store through shattered glass.

Basel Alissa, the owner of El Camino Liquor, says he was notified of the break-in by an alarm company. Alissa was able to see the live surveillance footage from his smartphone.

"I saw the guy behind the counter trying to break the cash register to get the money inside, and he was trying to take all the cigarettes underneath the counter," Alissa said.

Police say the man fled the store eastbound, possibly as police were arriving. Cigarettes and less than $200 taken from the store were recovered at a nearby shopping center.

Davis says police are relying on the video and assistance of the public to make an arrest.

"It's good surveillance video and it shows good face, so with the help of the public, we'll be able to find out who it was," Sgt. Davis said.

A second burglary caught on camera happened at a home in Atascadero on May 28. It shows the two suspected burglars walking outside the home and also captured their faces as they crept around inside the home.

It was the second time the homeowners were targeted, police said. After the first incident, the homeowners had surveillance cameras installed. Those cameras caught two suspects breaking in during daylight hours while no one was home.

Sgt. Davis says there wasn't a major loss and only a few items were stolen in the May 28 home burglary.

The Atascadero Police Department encourages anyone who has information on either of these incidents to contact them.

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