(KESQ/CNN) – Caught on security camera: a man kicking through the duct work in the ceiling of the YMCA Child Development Center in Indio.
He dropped to the floor then broke into a cash register, stealing all the money inside, before making a daring escape out the door. It was a heist that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise’s character from Mission Impossible) would be proud of.
Except for one thing. The cash register was a children’s toy filled with play money worth next to nothing.
The Indio Police Department believes this might not be the first acoustic ceiling tile crushing caper this cat burglar has sunk his claws into.
Sgt. Dan Marshall of the Indio Police Department said, “Thieves tend to have specific M.O.’s with stuff that they follow and stuff that they get comfortable with, and they don’t get caught doing it once and they figure, hey, it’s a tried and true method and then they stick to it.”
With his face caught on camera, this thief should have thought twice.