Clumsy criminals caught on camera ransacking Tucson restaurant

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Clumsy criminals caught on camera ransacking Tucson restaurant

CREATED Mar 25, 2013

Reporter: Maggie Vespa

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Two bumbling burglars clumsily carried out an overnight break-in that is, literally, over the top, and 9OYS has the bizarre security camera footage to prove it.

Owners of one longtime local staple are asking for your help in identifying these low-lifes.


"I think they're probably amateurs," said Kelli Fling.
She admits, she's no criminologist.
"They decided they were going to cut a hole or stomp a hole through my ceiling into the office," she said.
But Fling says you don't have to be a forensic expert to know, the room with the giant, jagged hole in its ceiling is not her office.
"They went into my electrical room, and then they back-tracked."
And here is where, we back track.
You see, Fling manages her family's restaurant, Gus Balon's near 22nd and Wilmot.
When she and her boyfriend opened up shop Monday morning, she found some early risers had already dropped in.
"It's just really irritating," she said.
Shortly after 3 a.m., Fling's security camera system caught two men hopping on top of the restaurant's rear shed.
She says they then scale the roof, break in through this vent, and crawl through the duct system.
After that brief drywall detour, they find Fling's office.
"They took a computer, a tv monitor, a modem and some cash," she said.
'Job well done', they think, but not quite.
It seems these criminal masterminds have hit another hardship: leaving.
"It took them quite a while to get out of the building," she said.
Eventually, the pair, one of whom barely shows us his face, manage to figure out that pesky door knob and run west down the back alley.
Fling first installed her security system about six months ago after an employee's bike was stolen during peak business hours.  
Monday's is the first break-in caught camera, and she's hoping showing this footage will produce some leads.
"People just come in and violate your space and take what's not theirs, and it's just a very uneasy feeling," she said.
It's a feeling that, unlike this drywall, will be tough to repair.
Fling says total, the burglars stole or damaged about $4,000 worth of goods.
So take a look at that video.
If you recognize either of these men, or have any information, you are urged to call Tucson police immediately.