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Local Brazen Store Thief Caught On Camera: Acts Like Employee, Steals BBQ

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Police are still looking for the man caught on surveillance camera boldly stealing a BBQ and lawn chair worth more than $1,000 from the Spokane Discount store on North Division.

"If you know this guy, you're going to recognize him from here," store manager Aaron Koontz told KHQ. "We're watching all over the place, everything's recorded.

In fact, the store is outfitted with some 60 security cameras – on the inside and out.

So when a man drove up to the store in the middle of business Friday, and walked around the outdoor merchandise section, he was caught on camera. And when he put a walkie-talkie on his belt to mimic an employee, and rolled a BBQ and lawn chair right off the property on a store cart, he was also caught on camera. The man had an accomplice, who was driving a black Range Rover, and helped him get away.

Just last month, KHQ reported on the same store being hit twice in a matter of weeks. Each time, someone broke the front window to get in, and stole merchandise. They, too, were caught on camera.

"It's a tough time, and there are a lot of costs involved when somebody breaks into your building," Koontz added.

If you recognize the man in the surveillance video, call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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