Surveillance Video Shows Deerfield Beach Restaurant Burglary

In the video released only to NBC 6, the thief is seen crawling around on the floor and opening registers, taking what's inside.

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    Things are back to normal at a Columbian Deerfield Beach restaurant on Monday, but the owners and employees of El Balcon de las Americas feel violated after an early Saturday morning burglary. The manager, who did not want to be identified, spoke about the crime caught on surveillance video. (Published Monday, May 20, 2013)

    Things are back to normal at a Columbian Deerfield Beach restaurant on Monday, but the owners and employees of El Balcon de las Americas feel violated after an early Saturday morning burglary.

    After watching the crime caught on surveillance video, a manager said: "I'm sure he's a professional. I'm sure he's done this before."

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    In the video released only to NBC 6, the thief is seen crawling around on the floor and opening registers, taking what's inside.

    "I wish I could just reach into that time and just grab him. I was very angry, sad. I felt betrayal," the manager, who did not want to be identified, said.

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    More than $2,000 in cash was taken. An iPad, a laptop, and other electronics also dragged out the front door, which is now boarded up.

    The burglar most likely knew he was surrounded by cameras, hence the hat, bandana, and goggles. He also appeared to know there were motion sensors, and that's why he crawled during the burglary that lasted nearly 20 minutes.

    "He was very organized. He knew exactly where to go, what to take," the manager said. "He studied us very well."

    Now, convinced the security system isn't enough, the restaurant owners are getting more sensors, which will catch crawling burglars and an alarm that will sound when any window or door is broken.

    If you have any information about this burglary, call Broward Crime Stoppers are 954-493-TIPS.