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Burrowing burglar tunnels his way into a convenience store, Calif. cops say

A still from a surveillance video shows a man who police said tunneled into a convenience store intending to steal items.
A still from a surveillance video shows a man who police said tunneled into a convenience store intending to steal items.

Police arrested a man on suspicion of burglary after they found a hole in the side of a convenience store — and said he used it to tunnel into the store to steal, according to a Facebook post from the La Verne Police Department.

At about 4 a.m. Friday, police arrived at Inland Dairy, a convenience store in La Verne, after a burglary alarm went off, police said. Officers spotted a hole in the wall of the business and found a man who was trying to hide from officers, according to the Facebook post.

“Officers determined that the suspect had tunneled into the business with the intention of stealing property from inside,” police said.

Authorities found a mask, burglary tools and stolen property when they searched the outside of the building, police said.

Police said the man, identified as Rudy Mindiola of Pomona, was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and possessing burglary tools.

An employee at the business told KTLA that they could see the man on the floor “not walking and with his face covered.”

Mindiola was taken to jail, where he was released on $20,000 bail on Saturday, Aug. 18, according to jail records.

A thief shoved approximately 11 four packs of Red Bull in his pants at a convenient store in Caseyville.

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