EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. - The East Greenbush Police Department is attempting to identify a burglary suspect at Grand Premier Tire who allegedly took hundreds of dollars on February 28th around 10:30 p.m.
The owner of Grand Premier Tire, located at 591 Columbia Turnpike, said in their 31 years of business he's never seen anything like this happen, and it was all captured on camera.
The first thing seen on the surveillance video is the suspect, wearing a dark hoodie, looking around as he walks up to the side entrance of Grand Premier Tire. He peeks inside to make sure no one is around. Then taking in his surroundings once again, he tries to break in - first using his back and when that doesn't work - he attempts to kick in the door. When that attempt fails, he takes a bit of a breather and tries again.
Giving himself a running start doesn't get the door to budge, but as the video reveals, this guy is persistent and more than a minute later he finally gains entrance. He is seen stumbling inside where another camera records him rushing to the counter - going straight for a tip jar - only stopping to put his shoe back on before fleeing; the crime completed in two minutes.
Owner Joseph Pupello says the tip jar has been on the counter for about ten years without incident, and at the time it contained several hundred dollars.
"These guys work real hard, so if they come up and when they're cashing out they throw a couple bucks in the tip jar and at the end of the week you hand it out to the guys and it fills up quick sometimes," Pupello said. "It's like robbing everyone here at once. There's a lot of unhappy guys here."
Pupello says seeing the footage caused his heart to sink. But for police, it's an invaluable tool to help catch the man caught on tape.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Peter Lavin or Detective or Sergeant Matthew Breig at 518-479-2525.