Police searching for Christmas Day burglar

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who allegedly stole more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from a Family Dollar Store on Christmas Day.

Police said the man broke into the store at 6744 W. Glendale Avenue at approximately 11:25 a.m.

The store was closed for the Christmas holiday and the suspect used a key that he stole from a locked box to access the fire sprinkler room. 

Once inside the sprinkler room, the suspect accessed the ceiling where he forced his way into an air duct and then lowered himself into the store with the use of electrical cables.

The suspect filled trash bags up with items from inside the store before leaving through the back door, activating the alarm. 

The suspect is described as a black male, in his 30's, medium build and at the time of the incident he was wearing a blue and white stripped collared shirt, dark jeans, and concealed his face with a gray cloth.

The Glendale Police Department encourages anyone that has information on the identity of the suspect to call the Glendale Police Department at (623) 930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.