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Police investigating Costco burglary

2012/06/21 17:14:34

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Police said Thursday that they were searching for a car allegedly used in a June 18 overnight burglary of a Costco Wholesale Co. branch in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.

Investigators said that according to surveillance video footage, two burglars broke into the American warehouse club's Dashun branch at around 2 a.m., leaving at least one person outside as a lookout.

The burglars avoided the security system guarding the front door, instead making an 80 centimeter-wide hole in the wall some two meters from the door, the police said.

The thieves managed to get into several display cases and took away jewelry, watches and consumer electronics worth NT$4.07 million (US$136,231.9), without triggering the alarms on the case locks, the police added.

The investigators said they had obtained file photos of the stolen items and were focusing their attention on a "suspicious vehicle." They added that they were treating the burglary as a serious case.

The investigators described the burglars as "ninjas," as the monitorfootage shows that they were dressed completely in black and had their faces covered with black masks.

"The warehouse is equipped with a security system. We don't know how they broke into the facility without triggering the alarm," Wang Yu-mei, Costco's marketing manager, was quoted as saying by the Chinese-language Liberty Times.

It was the first burglary case in the warehouse club since the company entered Taiwan 15 years ago. The Dashun branch opened just last August.

(By Chen Ja-fo and Jamie Wang)