Two men broke into and burglarized in Arnold Station early Monday morning, and the owner of the store caught the act on camera.
Video surveillance camera footage of the incident, which occurred at about 1 a.m. Monday, was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday in the hopes that someone would see it on the Internet and help identify the suspects. Store owner Mike Mangum also posted the video to The Depot's website.
Mangum reported the incident to the police and said the store is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two suspects.
The two suspects in the video busted a door with a sledgehammer, then grabbed a box of wine, two bottles of wine and two bottles of vodka—but dropped all the wine on the way out of the store.
In total, only about $25 worth of vodka was stolen from the store. But Mangum said more than $350 in damage was done to the glass door.
Police, alerted to the incident by alarms, arrived at the scene within minutes. Since then, Mangum said he has stayed at the store himself through evening hours just to be sure they don't return.
"But for them, the fear factor is gone, so I think they'll be back," Mangum said.
The owner said he got the idea to post the video online from a friend, who was also burglarized, and saw a huge public response to the video. Since posting it, Mangum said he already has calls from the public with leads on the suspects.
It's the second time this month that an Arnold store was broken into, and the crime was caught on camera. On July 12, , and the video of the act was posted on YouTube.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Anne Arundel County police at 410-222-6145 or at 410-974-1030.