Thief scales building, enters through roof to steal from sports store

Police say a man entered through the ceiling of the Sportsman's Warehouse on Hilltop Drive, stole a bunch of gear, and fled out the back door setting off the security alarm.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 6:46 PM
Updated: Jan. 10, 2018 6:49 PM

A thief who entered a Redding sports store through the roof is caught due to a quick response from Redding Police.
It's sounds like something out of a movie, but it happened.

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Surprisingly though, police say thieves entering through the roof ‎are actually more commonplace than people think.
It happened early Wednesday morning at around 1:30.

Police say 30-year-old Daniel Francis Burger entered through the ceiling of the Sportsman's Warehouse on Hilltop Drive, stole a bunch of gear, and fled out the back door setting off the security alarm.

When police arrived, Burger was long gone.

But they were able to locate him nearby at Canby Road and Dusty Lane with help from K9 units and a CHP helicopter.
When they found him police say Burger was acting suspicious and his pants were soaking wet leading them to believe he may have cut through a drainage ditch to escape detection.

Redding Police sergeant Jeff Wallace says as crazy as it may seem, rooftop burglaries aren't unheard of.
“That adds a different element to it especially with a large building like Sportsman's Warehouse,” Wallace said. “But again, it's not an uncommon thing for us to see.”

Wallace did not have details on how Burger entered the building, but says it's possible he may have climbed up on some dumpsters scaled up a pipe to gain access to the roof.

The exact dollar amount of what Burger stole is not known at this time, but police say they found several items in his backpack when they searched him.

“He stole about 20 different knives, a bag, and some clothing that he had worn to disguise himself or cover his face, they had found that discarded as well,” Wallace said.

Police revisited the area where Burger was located once it was day time and found even more stolen property.

“In searching that area, they were able to find some clothing he had discarded and quite a bit of stolen property that he had taken,” Wallace said. “So they were able to recover probably everything that he took.”

Burger is on formal felony probation in Shasta County.

He was booked at the Shasta County jail for ‎commercial burglary, possession of stolen property, and violation of his probation.

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