YouTube enlisted in effort to crack Elkhart burglary

This image from surveillance footage shows a burglar inside the Sprint store on Cassopolis Street in Elkhart.

ELKHART — Investigators are trying a new approach as they disseminate surveillance footage from a burglary at a Sprint store. 

Police were called at 2:53 a.m. Sept. 17 to an alarm at 1416 Cassopolis St., where they found evidence of a forced entry. 

Elkhart Police Department investigators posted surveillance footage from the store on YouTube along with markers highlighting clues about the identity of the thief, such as a hammer, distinctive backpack and shoes, along with information about the case. 

The web address is

Anyone with information about the crime or the person who may be involved can contact Detective Scott Johnson at the Elkhart Police Department, 574-389-4720 or

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