About 12:30 a.m. Monday, Bharat Patel received a notification and phone call from ADT Security Services about movement detected at his business, Neighborhood Market, on West Dixie in Elizabethtown.
After a brief check of the security feed on his phone, and not seeing anything, he cleared the alarm. At 1:22 a.m., Patel received another notification from ADT. Again, he checked the camera, but didn’t see anybody, so he cleared the alarm.
At 2:28 a.m., Patel received a third alert. This time when he checked the camera, he saw someone inside the store, taking cigarettes near the register. He immediately called 911.
“They (the Elizabethtown Police Department) were there within four minutes,” Patel said. “EPD’s response was great.”
Two male juveniles have been charged in the overnight break-in. Surveillance footage shows two suspects — one with a full-length outfit of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the other in black with a white scarf concealing his face.
According to Elizabethtown police, one suspect busted out a front window, while the other remained outside the business. Patel said the suspect used a rock in a grocery bag to break the glass.
The suspects, according to Patel, stole nearly $200 worth of merchandise, comprising cigarillos, cigarettes and alcohol. While re-watching footage Monday afternoon, Patel also noticed the suspects nabbed a bag or two of chips.
Footage also showed the window was broken around 1:22 a.m., the second time he received an alert. In the early morning when he first received the alarm notifications, Patel mainly checked the camera feed on the register.
According to Patel, the cost to fix the window is between $1,500 and $2,000. It’s temporarily been replaced with plywood.
Patel said he wanted to share his story to help raise awareness in the community. He said what happened at the convenience store could have happened to any business or residence.
“If you are ADT Security system, go check your business. Do not just like clear your sensor. Don’t make the same mistake I made,” he said. “Go to your business and check. If you see something suspicious, or anything, call the police.”