Rooftop Break-Ins on the Rise



It could have been a scene out of Ocean’s Eleven. The evening of Feb. 5, a band of thieves broke through the roof of Karat 22 Jewelers in Houston and made off with jewelry worth “multiples of seven figures,” according to owner Aku Patel. Police and industry experts were stunned by the swiftness and efficiency of the crime. “When the burglars cut through the hole in the roof, they disabled primary and secondary alarms within 35 seconds,” Patel says. “They then broke into the control room and pulled out the exact chip that disables the entire security system.” What’s notable isn’t only the value of the stolen ­jewelry, but also the speed and competence with which the thieves defeated the alarms. They disabled 32 security cameras in less than six minutes, destroyed the phone system, and cut Internet cables, giving police less than five minutes of break-in footage without
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