Surveillance video of gas station burglary released

By: Joe Nelson and WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: Joe Nelson and WEAU 13 News Staff Email

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – We’re getting our first look at surveillance video from the scene of a burglary late last month near Eau Claire.

Deputy Jeff Wilson from the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department says the suspect can be seen on the surveillance video at The Corner Store on County Road II in the Town of Washington around 11:30 p.m. on June 25. The man, who is wearing gloves and some type of mask, can be seen walking all over the store. The video shows him going into an office, and pushing a safe out, down a hallway, and outside of the building into a rock garden. Wilson says the man was carrying a hammer, and spent 20-30 minutes inside the store. He says the man was unable to break into the safe.

Wilson says a “vehicle of interest” can be seen pulling up to the store. He says it drives to an area where whoever was inside may have seen the man or the safe outside. Wilson describes the car as a late 90’s or early 2000’s mid-size sedan. It has damage in front of the right front wheel, a driver’s side headlight is burned out, and there is a dent in the driver’s side rear door. Wilson says he cannot see a license plate on the car in the surveillance video.

If you can identify the car, or have information on the person in the video, you’re asked to call the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department at (715) 839-4777.
Story from June 26:

EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU) - Deputies investigated a break-in at an Eau Claire gas station with no known suspects.

Investigators said someone did major damage at the Corner Store and Deli off of Highways 93 and II sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Eau Claire County Deputy Sheriff Jeff Wilson said the burglar damaged doors, a safe, the ATM and the alarm system.

He said investigators were checking on whether anything was taken and looked at surveillance tape to try to get a description of the suspect. He said he's hoping someone will come forward with a lead.

“(Burglaries are) what people who are desperate do. They break into businesses, they steal from people. Those are just facts of life. And if we can catch this person, that would satisfy these people and that would satisfy the sheriff's department,” Wilson said.

Officers said they are looking into whether a suspicious incident at an Altoona gas station early Wednesday morning is related. Wilson said there are things businesses can do to protect themselves from crime, but that the Corner Store had everything covered.

“A lot of times, businesses can be about as proactive as they can with the use of cameras. Angle them so they cover all sides of your businesses. Make sure you put striker plates on over your locks so that people can't just walk in and pop your doors. Alarm systems are very helpful, that gives an added response time. So, everything that they had done to prepare themselves, is what they should've done to prepare themselves,” he said.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious at the store overnight is asked to contact the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department at (715) 839 4972.

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