Gwinnett Police Search For Rooftop Burglars

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A group of rooftop burglars who have slipped into several Norcross businesses narrowly slipped away from police on Monday morning, authorities said.

Gwinnett County police told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh they're looking for a group of people who have entered four businesses along Jimmy Carter Boulevard by climbing through the air ducts on the roof.

Cristiana Hiraldo operates one of those businesses. Hiraldo said he arrived at work last week to find the restaurant a disaster.

Surveillance video showed two men jumping down on the bar from the ceiling. The men got away with $4,000, a computer and a television, according to Hiraldo.

The alarm system never went off because the thieves didn't open the door, Hiraldo said.

Police told Kavanaugh the thieves have routinely broken into businesses between 5 and 6 a.m., and Monday morning an officer on patrol spotted the men.

"They found these three males and they were crouching down, attempting to hide from the officers. At that point, when the officers found them, the men started running into the woods," said Lt. Roy Smith.

Smith said officers never captured the men but they have developed a few leads. They described both men as Hispanic, one with a medium build and one with a thick build and both wearing hooded sweatshirts.