CHICAGO (CBS) — A suspected serial thief was captured on the very camera he tried to destroy.

Surveillance footage captures what appears to be a bucket dropping to the ground. Then a man with a crowbar in hand jumps over the wall at a Dollar Tree store in Gary, Indiana.

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He takes off his backpack. He removes a power tool. It appears to be a grinder, used to cut metal. He looks for an outlet, then, plugs it in.

He moves a box on the ground, that was next to what appears to be a safe. Then he looks up. He soon realizes his actions, are being caught on camera.

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That’s when he takes out the crowbar, and starts beating the camera lens with it, allowing us, to get a much closer look, at his face.

Surveillance photo

Surveillance photo

Gary police say the man hit at least three Dollar Tree locations between May 3 and 4 — in Lansing, on Grant Street in Gary and on Broadway in Merrillville.

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Police say it appears the man has knowledge of the Dollar Tree Store layout. What he has taken during the burglaries, hasn’t been disclosed.