It was just after 7 a.m., and the Mountain Top Antique Mall in Hillsville, Va., hadn’t opened yet. A late-model black pickup truck pulled into the mall’s lot and parked. An older man got out of the truck, walked up to the porch and tried the door; it was locked. No one was around and the location wasn’t easily visible from the road. The man helped himself to about $150 worth of the hanging flower baskets that decorated the mall’s front porch, loaded them into his truck and drove away. There were no witnesses.
Two days later, the police arrested the man responsible for the robbery.
The entire incident was recorded on video by one of Mountain Top’s three security systems. After reporting the incident to the police, Travis Griffin, the store manager, and Jonathan Dillman, the store’s information technology specialist, assembled a video of the robbery and posted it to YouTube and the store’s Facebook page. The video was picked up by the local newspaper, The Galax Gazette, (security camera footage and narration can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/MountainTopTheft) which reported the robbery and asked for help identifying the thief. Readers responded, and a suspect was arrested. Read More
Originally posted 2014-01-12 13:44:00.