Surveillance footage shows the burglar wriggling on the carpeted floor has surfaced on the Internet.
In the video, the thief entered the room by slithering on the ground to avoid setting off motion-activated alarms. Only the camera caught him stealing $50,000 in silver.
The incident took place at Crown Gold Exchange in Riverside, California.
The video shows the burglar wriggling on the carpeted floor of the Gold Exchange store.
The store owner Cesar Meyer told KTLA that the thief went through items in a backroom for five minutes.
The CCTV footage shows a masked man in a dark hoodie, dark pants, and sneakers can be seen opening a drawer while lying down on the floor and taking the item, then sliding out.
‘This guy slithered in, crawled on the ground, kind of like Lt Dan-style, hand over hand, didn’t move his legs, and was able to rummage through my entire back room for a full five minutes,’ Meyer told.
The shop owner blamed his ADT alarm system at a store that failed to detect the burglary.
‘There’s definitely something faulty, something going on with the ADT motion detectors, because if they’re designed to detect motion, this guy is moving around a lot in all of these businesses, and ADT’s motion detectors are not picking it up,’ Meyer told the TV station.
Police said that this kind of tactic has been used by many burglars in recent months in Riverside, which is about 55 miles east of Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, police are investigating the matter.