Surveillance video from the latest hole-in-the-wall heist shows a deputy driving through the store's parking lot moments before burglars starting cutting through the roof.
The Belvoir Corner Stop at 4142 Highway 33 was broken into just after midnight.
Sheriff Neil Elks says this time they made their way into the store through the roof. In other similar cases, crooks got into the businesses by cutting a hole in a rear wall.
"Despite our persistent and increased patrols, the suspects still have an advantage over us because they they know where we are, but we have no idea where they are," said Sheriff Elks.
The video shows a man dressed in all black walking along the side of the store around 12:07 a.m. Then at 12:13 a Pitt County Sheriff's patrol car drives through the parking lot. Four minutes later, crooks are seen in the video on the roof and making their way into the store.
When leaving, it appears the two men threw down sledgehammers or crowbars from the roof.
The sheriff said he is frustrated they came so close to catching the criminals in this latest case and pledge to continue to step up patrols until they are behind bars.
The same store was also broken into earlier this year. In that case, burglars broke through a back wall.
Some 20 small businesses have been targeted for cash, and deputies say crooks have been using the same method of entry by cutting holes into walls. Elks says this is the second case where they've gotten in through the roof.
In early September, the Sheriff's Office said the reward for catching the burglars doubled to $10,000 thanks to anonymous donors committed to catching the criminals.
Investigators combed a crime scene Wednesday morning as they searched for the crooks in the latest hole-in-the-wall break-in.
The Belvoir Corner Stop, at 4142 Highway 33, was broken into sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
Sheriff Neil Elks says this time they made their way into the store through the roof.
Surveillance video from the store shows the burglars begin working on the roof, moments after a Pitt County Sheriff's Office patrol car went through the parking lot.
The store was hit before when burglars made their way through a back wall.
This break-in adds to the list of similar crimes in the Pitt County and surrounding areas.
Some 20 small businesses have been targeted for cash, and deputies say crooks have been using the same method of entry by cutting holes into walls.
In early September, the sheriff's office said the reward for catching the burglars doubled to $10,000 thanks to anonymous donors committed to catching the criminals.