Surveillance video shows masked man stealing from antique store on Christmas morning

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Police are actively searching for the man who broke into an antique shop early Christmas morning and made off with thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise. "He knew exactly what he was looking for," said store owner, Marilyn Wallace.

Surveillance video from inside Heritage House shows the masked man filling a large sack with items around 4 a.m., but the most shocking part of the story is that the robber had likely been at the store before. "This is somebody that we've talked to, probably showed them things in the shop," the owner said. Wallace thinks the burglar has been in the antique store before. "He was in and out in less than five minutes," she said. "He came prepared, he was dressed totally where you could not see, except for his eyes."

But one thing the burglar might not have realized when he was up to no good was that he was also on camera. You can see in the surveillance video the burglar breaks in through the back door and walks downstairs. "He went to the showcase with most of the silver that was in it, broke the side, took everything out that he wanted," Wallace said.

However, the thief didn't stop there. He used a hammer to tear into another glass case, and this time, he was even more particular about what he took, only taking heavy sterling silver flatware from the top shelf. It's believed he got away with about $4,000 worth of sterling silver.

"It's not about the stuff, the items, it's just a violation," Wallace said. "We're just thankful that no one was hurt."

The Denham Springs Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the Denham Springs Police Department at 225-665-5106 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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