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Roof break-in leaves Okanagan business owner frustrated – Okanagan

The owner of a used-car dealership says he’s dealt with a handful of thefts and criminal offences at his Kelowna business during the past year.

This past weekend, though, a break-in at Patton Motorcars left Jeff Patton stunned.

“I didn’t know that was possible, to be honest,” Patton said of how the culprit got inside.

“I actually wasn’t surprised that he broke into our shop; I was surprised at how he did it.”

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It was early Sunday when a man broke into the dealership through the building’s roof.

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He managed to somehow get on top of the building, gain access through the roof and take off a ceiling panel.

“It’s just this big square hole that’s just covered by sheet metal,” Patton said. “I think maybe a big air conditioning unit or something was on there in the past.”

The break-in was caught on surveillance footage, which shows the man crashing onto the floor, then starting to rummage through the business.

The suspect’s actions even surprised the police.

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“That’s the first one I’ve seen in a while. And it’s surprising how that he didn’t injure himself with that fall; he literally fell through the roof,” said Const. Mike Della-Paolera.

Patton said the man came in the day before, and suspicions were immediately raised as he seemed more interested in looking around the showroom, scoping it out, rather than eyeing the cars inside that are for sale.

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“Super suspicious because he wasn’t really looking at our vehicles,” Patton said.

“He was more or less looking at the walls and the ceiling and kind of the perimeters and things … just kind of looking around.”

So when police called

Lithonia shop owners frustrated amid string of car, business break-ins

Some business owners in Lithonia are frustrated after a string of burglaries and car break-ins reported near Stonecrest Mall earlier this week. 

Surveillance video caught the crooks in action at a nail shop DeKalb County police said was hit last Sunday morning just after 4 a.m. 

“It’s really heartbreaking, to be honest, because just a couple of weeks ago, our cars got broken into already,” Couture Nails and Spa shop owner Jennifer Pham said. 

Pham told FOX 5 her goal when opening the shop four years ago was to create a tranquil experience for her customers. She says these past few days have been anything but that.

“Coming in, getting their nails and toes done … it’s supposed to feel really relaxing and calm, right?” she said. “They broke in our door at 4:40 in the morning. There’s three guys that came inside really fast.” 

Video showed the suspects taking the cash register, which Pham said was empty. While she told FOX 5 they only got away with two ID cards, damage to the shop’s front desk computer and door amounted to around $3,000.

Pham said break-ins have been an ongoing issue in recent months. First, it was their cars, now it’s her shop and others.

“My auntie’s shop got broken in just right around the corner, five minutes away from here. [It] got broken in two times in just one week,” she recalled. “We feel so unsafe. Like, [we] go to work, our cars parked outside get broken in, and now our shop