'That looked very familiar'; Business owner spots potential thieves on 9OYS
By Maggie Vespa. CREATED Aug 7, 2014
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An eastside neighborhood is sounding the alarm once again after one business owner says, a band of burglars sawed their loot right out of his wall!
Watching the video you can see the thieves literally cutting out and carrying away a laundromat's coin machine!
That video was caught on a surveillance camera next door.
Tucson police are investigating, but tonight the victim is turning to 9OYS because, he believes, he saw these men on our air!
We'll let you be the judge.
It was a horrifying, hack job in plain sight of a busy street, a heist the thieves did their best to hide by spray painting surveillance cameras.
But they missed one, giving us a front row seat to this two hour heist.
Watch as the group finally, around 4 a.m., cuts through the wall, pulls down the coin machine and lugs it outside.
Within minutes it is in the car, and they are on the run.
And now Clifford Schneider wonders if he's seeing double.
"Some of that looked very familiar to me," he said.
Schneider is talking about our story, which aired tuesday on 9OYS at 10 a.m.
It highlighted a string of recent home invasions, more than half a dozen, say neighbors near Broadway & Pantano.
One resident's home surveillance cam caught these men, they say, walking away from a break-in Saturday.
For legal reasons, we blurred their faces.
Schneider noticed them anyway.
"It looked like possibly the same people that had been involved in my incident here and the same vehicle," he told us.
Schneider's incident happened about four months ago at his business, Rincon Cleaners & Laundromat, which, coincidentally, sits less than a mile from those homes.
Alright, let's start with point #1: the people.
Tuesday's video shows two guys. One is wearing a black shirt. The other is wearing a white shirt.
Schneider's video shows two guys in the same color shirts, plus one woman.
Take a look.
Could these men be the same?
But wait. There's more in point #2.
That vehicle, seen here driving away in Tuesday's home video, compare that to the one parked outside Schneider's business.
Both are white SUVs.
But watch Tuesday's video as it pulls away.
See that back window? Compare it to the one in Schneider's.
Could they be the same?
"I hope so because I hope that the more evidence we get we can catch these guys and get them off the street," said Schneider.
In the end this hours-long job earned these burglars a profit of a couple hundred bucks.
Repairs cost Schneider $16,000.
Now,he's beefing up his security and hoping for a break in his case.
"It's just unfathomable to me that somebody could do something like that and have that kind of shitzba," he said. "But what can you do?
Tucson police tell 9OYS they are looking into both of these cases. We will stay on this, and bring you any updates.