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Petersburg man offers reward after burglars take $15,000 in equipment from home

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PETERSBURG, Va. -- The first thing you see in surveillance video is one suspect walking up and slamming his back side against the front door of a Petersburg home, then turning and using his sleeve to wipe off the prints.

Watching the video from his South Crater Road rental property is maddening for Baron Marshall.

"I gotta’ start all over,” Marshall said.  “They took almost 15 grand worth of stuff. Two air handler units, chop saws, all of my equipment that I use to do my work."

Baron Marshall

Baron Marshall

He said thieves helped themselves to everything, some of which was even bolted down, such as his heat and air units.

"It was chained to the ground and it's gone and those were some thick chains," he said.

Marshall said the crooks knew exactly what they were doing.  After breaking in the door, they came straight to the breaker box and flipped the main breaker along with the circuits for every room in the house, trying to make sure the electricity was off.

"They tried eliminating the cameras by hitting the breaker, but it didn't work," Marshall said.

Marshall has back-up power for his surveillance system and it captured the images of the two thieves going in and out of his house. Ten minutes at a time they'd come out his front door with his belonging in hand.

Marshall is hoping someone will recognize the men and turn them in.

"I'm offering a 500 dollar reward,” he said Wednesday. “I mean, I just barely touched the door and came in and I said to myself, ‘Ahhh, they got me.’"

Marshall’s asked viewers to call police if you know anything.  He said he's been renovating the home for years, doing the work all by himself and paying for it as he goes.

There's another expense now because he said he’s going to get an alarm system.  He said it's back to square one including hammer and nails.

Anyone with information about this crime was asked to call Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.