Nampa pawn shop owner says alarm helped catch burglar

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Nampa pawn shop owner says alarm helped catch burglar

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by Karen Zatkulak

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Posted on January 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 7:26 PM

Ken's Pawn & Jewelry

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NAMPA -- A suspect is behind bars after police caught him at the business he broke into, with the items he had stolen.

The owner of Ken's Pawn and Jewelry in Nampa, Rodney Peterson, says he got a call from the alarm system around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

He rushed to his business and realized the alarm had been triggered in several zones of the building.

"It was kind of interesting because we didn't have an exterior entry alarm we just had interior alarms, so we figured well that's kind of odd," said Peterson.

Peterson said there was no sign of forced entry, but when they got inside, they heard a noise.

"We got here so quickly that he was still kicking around in the back storage area and hadn't had time to come into sales area," said Peterson.

Peterson showed us where the burglar came through the ceiling.

He stepped down into the back storage room and set off the silent alarm.

"The minute he came through the roof, he was toast, there was no turning back, the alarm had tripped and it was a matter of minutes before everyone got here," said Peterson.

Pictures show how the suspect broke in, using tools to cut through a roof designed to protect against burglars.

"He literally cut a hole in the roof, physically cut the roofing and wood and everything else, it is absolutely amazing," said Peterson.

Nampa Police Sgt. Tim Randall says an officer outside the building noticed movement from the roof.

"One of them first noticed a black bag being lowered down the side of the building by a rope, and then later the officers spotted him on the roof," said Randall.

Nineteen-year-old Olin Vickers of Nampa was arrested and charged with burglary, vandalism, and possession of burglary tools.

Police say he was found with the camera his own family had pawned at the shop, along with an assault rifle and an Xbox.

They tell us Vickers has no previous criminal history.

Peterson was grateful his alarm system worked and police responded so quickly.

"It was a very efficient operation, everything worked exactly how it was designed," said Peterson.

Peterson says it's a bizarre burglary, even for a pawn shop that's seen many break-ins over their five decades in business.

"There's a lot of stories, a lot of things have gone on in the past 53 years, a lot of things have gone on, this is probably in the top ten of things that will go down in history for the shop," said Peterson.

The pawn shop is now dealing with the thousands of dollars in water damage caused by the incident, fortunately they say insurance will cover most of it.

Vickers was arraigned on the charges Wednesday.  A judge set his bond at $5,000.  He is due back in court on Fe. 11 for a preliminary hearing.

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