Thief damages Albuquerque Chocolate Store
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – As business picks up again for the holiday season, a local chocolate maker is experiencing what so many other business owners in Albuquerque have had to deal with. A thief who does serious damage just to steal a few dollars.
“I drove up this morning around 8:00 am and found that the glass on our front door was broken and spread all over the sidewalk and a lot of our products were pulled out the door and only lay on the sidewalk in front of our door,” said Tim McNamara, co-owner of Elixir Boutique Chocolates.
McNamara says the odd thing was that the thief didn’t take much, just a few pieces of chocolate worth a total of $ 20-30. The chocolate shop has surveillance cameras inside, but their motion-detection cameras never went off because the thief never got far enough into the shop. “They never unlocked the door, they could have reached around and unlocked that door, they didn’t, just grabbed some candy and left,” McNamara said.
He says the break-in will set the store back about $ 1,000 just to fix the door, and the store may just have to stay open until the glass is fixed. After calling around, McNamara found out that there is a shortage of glass in repair shops these days. He says that with the holidays approaching, he has a lot of assignments to complete.
McNamara says besides installing more surveillance cameras they don’t know what else to do. A police report has been filed with the Albuquerque Police Department, but there is currently no evidence.