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Man busts safe, takes cash from Eastern Market business

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Police on Monday released dark, grainy surveillance footage and photographs of a man busting open a safe and stealing cash from an Eastern Market business earlier this month.

The burglary took place at an unnamed business around 4:35 a.m. Oct. 16 on the 2900 block of Russell, police said.

The suspect entered through the front door using “what appeared to be an access code,” officials said in a press release. Once inside, he forced open a safe and took various items, including an undisclosed amount of cash.

He then fled the dark building, traveling southwest on foot.

In the footage, the man walked into a darkened room with several desks and office equipment. He briefly crawled on the floor, hidden from the camera behind a desk, before emerging with an item in his hand. It was not clear from the footage if he picked up the item or pulled it from his pocket.

The man then crawled to a safe and struck it three times, busting the lock. He opened the door, removed something from the safe, and then paused to put on a pair of white gloves stashed in his pockets.

He continued pulling items from the safe, put everything in his pockets and fled through a side door.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Owens of Detroit police’s 7th Precinct Detective Unit at (313) 596-5740. Tipsters also may contact Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK UP.

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