Surveillance cameras catch glimpse of Covington City Hall thieves

Surveillance cameras catch glimpse of Covington City Hall thieves

(WMC-TV) - Two suspects were caught on camera walking around inside Covington City Hall just before they stole thousands of dollars from inside the city's vault.

Covington Police have just a few seconds of the security video showing the two walking into the vault and back out with several thousand dollars in cash.

Police say that surveillance video may be their only clue in finding out who took $6,000 to $8,000 from inside Covington City Hall.

"Kinda like a slap in the face to break into a government building, of course we're having burglaries everywhere," said police chief Tim Glass.

Police say around 3:30 last Friday morning, two men wearing gloves on their hands and hoods over their heads broke into a side window.

Police say the duo was inside less than five minutes.

That was just enough time to get the cash.

"There wasn't any dye or anything like that on the money. I don't believe there's any way to trace it," Glass added.

Covington's mayor said additional surveillance video from early that morning is being looked at by the Secret Service in Memphis.

That's because hours after the break-in, police found the security camera system dumped in a trash can.

Some of the video was damaged.

Police say if the building had an alarm system, it was not activated.

"We want to make sure they secure the vault every night. They were thinking it was secure and apparently it wasn't," Glass said.

Glass said this is the first time in his thirty-four year career that someone has broken into city hall.

He says burglary cases like this are popping up all over West Tennessee.

"People are losing their jobs, being laid off. I think the economy has some part of this," he continues.

Chief Glass says since this break-in, Covington officials are looking at improving their security system and installing an alarm.

If you have any information that can help his department solve this case, call their Covington Police Department tip line at 901-476-9036.

There is a cash reward leading to information on an arrest.

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