GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport police responded to a call a little after 10 a.m. Sunday about a burglary at Orange Grove Pawn Shop in Gulfport. That burglary happened right before 4 a.m.
The burglar thought cutting a few wires would help him get away with some jewelry, but by cutting the wrong ones, the crime was still caught on surveillance cameras.
"No noise, no alarms, no people. It was nobody," Darren Griffin said. "Just a broken window. That was it."
Griffin said he was traveling on Dedeaux Road, heading to breakfast with his fiancé, when he noticed his friend's pawn shop looked like it had been broken into.
"Approximately around 10:17, we called Gulfport Police Department and informed them that we had noticed a buddy of mine, Eric's, pawn shop door had been kicked in," Griffin said.
After being notified by police, owner Eric Woodfield came to his shop to discover he had been robbed.
"This is all on film. He was able to get this out of the way and crawl through the window and this cabinet was located here. He was able to punch into this cabinet and try to retrieve jewelry and everything he could make out with," Woodfield said as he walked through the broken door to his shop. "The police dusted for prints so they have some decent prints, but he was able to make off with a cabinet similar to this that had some decent jewelry in it."
Woodfield has multiple security devices, including motion and glass sensors and even indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras. He says he understands machines may fail to catch the bad guy, but he's happy to have friends to help him through this tough time.
"It's just a blessing to have people like him to be friends as well as patrons. I mean, that's what it's all about. Trying to help your neighbors. Being in a small community where I'm positioned, it's only because of them that I'm able to stay in business," Woodfield said.
Gulfport police are looking into this burglary and have little information at this time. If you have any information regarding this crime, you're asked to call Gulfport police at 228-868-5959.