Surveillance video released Monday shows a trio of thieves employ a sledgehammer in an attempt to break into a a Detroit liquor store — and they continued to do so even after being warned over a loud speaker that police were en route to the scene.

A trio of thieves ignored a warning over a loud speaker that said police were being dispatched to the scene. (Image source: WJBK-TV)

A trio of thieves ignored a warning over a loud speaker that said police were being dispatched to the scene. (Image source: WJBK-TV)

 According to WJBK-TV, the attempted break-in occurred at K&G Liquor when the three individuals approached the building. One can be seen on camera repeatedly smashing a sledgehammer into a brick wall, in an attempt to penetrate it.

“They tried two spots on the back wall and then they went to the front and started tearing the shutters off trying to get in there,”  Daniel Shell, who works at Security Central Protection, told WJBK-TV.

“They tried two spots on the back wall…”
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That’s when a voice came over the loud speaker, warning the thieves that they were being watched and recorded. Further, the perpetrators were warned that police had been dispatched to the scene.

That apparently wasn’t enough to scare the bandits away.

The three continued their attempted break-in until police arrived on the scene, eventually apprehending each of them.

“One guy tried to hide in front of a snowbank and then end up jumping behind the snowbank. The other two took off. One guy took off behind the building and that was his downfall. He was the last one out so he was the one that got caught,” Shell said, according to WJBK-TV. “We were able to stop it before it happened this time. … They got nothing.”

Despite failing this time around, police reportedly think they have been successful in the past, possibly responsible for a break-in at Van Dyke Liquor and Lotto where thieves escaped with cash and a gun, among other items.

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