SYCAMORE – Danny Carney learned his lesson the first time.
After Carney's business, Joker's Bar and Grill at 530 N. Main St. in Sycamore, was robbed of more than $3,000 in June 2010, he purchased security alarms and a surveillance video camera. The investment paid off Friday.
Two men attempted to break into Joker's about 2:35 a.m. Friday, Carney said, but ran off after the alarm system sounded. Carney's surveillance camera caught images of the suspects and he hopes someone will be able to identify them.
"We're struggling as is," Carney said. "And break-ins are very costly and damaging."
Sycamore police Sgt. Rod Swartzendruber said two suspects tried to break in through the back door, but only one person can be seen well on camera: a white man with a large build, wearing gloves and a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up. His accomplice was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.
The man punched out a window and reached in to unlock the door, Swartzendruber said. Police believe the building's alarm sounded at that point, because the men quickly took off.
When patrol officers arrived on scene, they searched the area but did not find the men, Swartzendruber said. The video shows the suspects running from the scene.
Swartzendruber said the attempted burglary was an isolated incident, as no other businesses in the area were burglarized.
Although the men failed to steal anything, Carney said they did about $1,600 in damage to the door and window.
Anyone with information about the suspects can call Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Sycamore Police at 815-895-3435 or
Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests and callers can remain anonymous.
• Daily Chronicle reporter Caitlin Mullen contributed to this report.