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Cameras catch Manassas chainsaw burglary

Josh White

Manassas City police are seeking help in solving a burglary Sunday at Scott's Turf and Equipment on Nokesville Road -- and they have video surveillance clips showing the crime as it occurred.

Police said the leather-jacketed man, who appeared to be a white male in his early 30s, about 5'10" tall and weighing 200 pounds, pulled up in a dark car shortly before midnight and proceeded to smash out the glass surrounding the store's front door. He then slid through the opening and quickly stole two Stihl chainsaws off a shelf before slipping out through the same hole.

Construction equipment and heavy tools are often targets of theft because they are valuable, useful, easily sold, and in high demand throughout the region. The two chainsaws in this theft were worth about $750.

Video cameras caught the entire incident on tape, from the man pulling up to the store in his car, to the theft itself, to him leaving the scene. Police ask that anyone who can help identify the man contact Det. Merritt at (703) 257-8040 or (703) 257-8000.

The Manassas City Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. The police also offer a confidential 24-hour tip line, at (703) 330-0330.

-- Josh White

By Josh White  |  January 7, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
Categories:  Crime, Seen , Josh White , Manassas  
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