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Inkster Police say video not enough to charge man in liquor store robbery

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Surveillance image from Inkster liquor store Surveillance image from Inkster liquor store
INKSTER, Mich. (WJBK) -

A crook was caught on camera. His face was visible as he robbed an Inkster liquor store, but police said that's not enough to charge the person the store owner says looks exactly like the thief.

Police were able to arrest the man because he has outstanding traffic warrants, but if it weren't for those warrants, he would've been released Monday.

The burglar must have thought he was pretty smooth. He didn't break into the liquor store through a door or window. He came through the roof. Surveillance cameras captured him coming down through the ceiling right behind the counter and the bullet proof glass where all the money is located.

Surveillance video shows him opening a drawer and start pulling out cash and then a bottle of champagne. He opened the fridge right as the alarm went off, then went right back up the way he came. This burglary would've been a flawless crime if the crook hadn't looked right into the camera.

"He's on the video and I see him ten times a day, so I know the person," said store owner Mufeed Kesto.

He said the burglar is a guy who hangs out across the street and comes into his store all the time, and when he saw him walking down the street Monday, he pointed him out to police and they arrested him.

"I'm a hundred percent sure it's him," Kesto said.

However, Inkster Police aren't so sure. He has yet to be charged with the crime. Police told us part of the problem is the guy in the video was wearing a stocking over his face and the video doesn't look exactly like the man they have in custody, so they can't charge him until they get more evidence.

"The person, they got him, and they're going to release him? This is not fair," said Kesto.

It may not feel fair, but police said they are doing their job. If anyone recognizes the thief, they're asked to call Inkster Police.

Meanwhile, the suspect is expected to be arraigned on those traffic charges sometime Tuesday.

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