Naperville police are continuing their search for the burglar or burglars who used an unorthodox method of breaking into a convenience food store in the far east-central part of the city.
The burglars last week made a hole in the roof and then tunneled through an interior wall of a strip mall on the 1800 block of Wehrli Road, in the University Heights neighborhood. They then made off with money and Illinois Lottery tickets from The Corner Pantry, the targeted business.
Police Sgt. Steve Schindlbeck confirmed the break-in occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and 5 a.m. Jan. 9. The burglar or burglars climbed onto the roof of the single-story mall and then punched a hole in it above a vacant storefront adjacent to the pantry, Schindlbeck wrote in an e-mail.
The intruders dropped down to the floor and “then made their way through the wall that separates that store” from the pantry, Schindlbeck said. They took what Schindlbeck said was an undisclosed amount of money and an unspecified number of lottery tickets before apparently escaping the same way they had entered.
Schindlbeck said a preliminary police report on the burglary did not indicate what type of tool or tools might have been used in the break-in. It was not known whether the pantry had a security or video surveillance system.
Witnesses to the burglary or those who believe they have information about the case were asked to call Naperville police, at 630-420-6666.