VIDEO: Men found by police in Torquay shop's air conditioning ducts
THREE men were found crawling around air conditioning ducts in the Torquay branches of Staples and Pets at Home, police report.
A major search using police dog units was launched at the adjoining shopping units after the Pets at Home alarm was activated early on Monday.
After reviewing CCTV images two men were hiding inside and on top of the air conditioning units 15ft to 20ft high up within Pets at Home.
A third man had climbed through a void in the fabric of the building into Staples next door.
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Police again watched CCTV and saw that a third man was hiding 'alarmingly high' up on top of racking used to store heavy goods at Staples.
THE video shows three masked men wearing white full-face Halloween masks breaking into Pets at Home.
The men can be seen at the security-lit front doors at just after 3am.
The final frames cut to show the men accidentally knocking over a large display of pet food boxes.
Dc Robin Waymouth, of Torquay CID, said: "In the early hours of this morning the alarm was activated at Pets at Home.
"Police surrounded the building.
"It became apparent that a break-in was in progress and voices could be heard inside the building.
"A police dog attended and a search of the building was carried out.
"Two men were located hiding in the building. One was inside the air conditioning duct and one was on top of it, which was alarmingly high up inside the building.
"Having viewed CCTV officers knew that there was a third male who could not be located.
"It transpired that he had climbed into a void in the fabric of the building and entered Staples next door.
"The alarm at Staples then activated and a similar search of Staples was carried out.
"The man could not be located easily and the CCTV at Staples was also viewed.
"A person could be seen climbing into the high racking used to store heavy goods.
"A further search was carried out and a male was located hiding behind cases about 15ft to 20ft above the ground.
"Subsequently three people were arrested and are currently assisting police with their inquiries."