Police say they have tracked down a brazen burglar with a crafty way of breaking and entering in Reading.
Burglary suspect Kevin Jacquez was taken into custody Friday night by Allentown police, according to authorities. He is accused of using a unique way to break into a Reading corner store.
La Esquina Famosa's bright yellow and orange colors and Mexican and Spanish cuisine attract a lot of customers, but the corner store at North 10 and Perry streets in Reading has also been a target for some cunning crooks.
"I see everything on the floor, the rack, everything on the floor," said Antonio Fernandez, the manager at La Esquina Famosa.
When Fernandez opened the doors on April 4, he found the store ransacked. Bottles of salad dressing, boxes of crackers and pasta were thrown everywhere.
"Everything was thrown on the floor, the racks and shelves were empty, it was just a big mess," said Fernandez's son, who took pictures and recorded video of the damage.
The burglar's entrance was through the ceiling, police said.
"I see the big hole in the roof from the second floor," said Fernandez.
According to police, ceiling tiles in the store were missing and the floor boards in the apartment upstairs were loose.
Jacquez lived there. Now, he's facing charges for allegedly stealing nearly $6,000 in merchandise including a laptop, flat screen TV, baby formula, cigars and cold hard cash, said police.
Jacquez, 31, was reportedly moving out, and when police searched his apartment they said they found coins, cigars, a laptop and food from the store downstairs.
"They do it twice before. They broke in twice before," said Fernandez.
The first two break-ins were through the wall in December 2011, and the third break-in three weeks ago through the hole in the ceiling, said police.
The store is equipped with cameras, but they were not working at the time. According to Fernandez, wires were cut and the surveillance system was stolen the first time the store was hit. Now, the store is stepping up security.
"I fixed everything. I got an ADT alarm now so if anything happens, police come," said Fernandez.
Jacquez's fingerprints were found on bags found inside his apartment filled with cigars and groceries, and pieces of floor boards were recovered in a trash bag left on top a dumpster outside, said police.