Computer Store Burglaries May Be Connected
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
November 01, 2013 5:32 PM
Computer store burglaries in Sioux Falls are costing retailers thousands of dollars. With no suspects, store owners are getting anxious, and searching for answers.
"Pretty disgusted. This is our livelihood," said Larry Giannini, owner of Bits-N-Bytes.
Larry Giannini is recovering after his computer and softwares store, Bits-N-Bytes was burglarized Thursday night.
"We'll probably close until Monday just to regroup," said Larry.
Surveillance footage shows a man wearing all black, using a rock to smash through the front door of the store.
"Just the way his demeanor was, just the way he broke in. Just the way that he made a bee line right for the merchandise that he took," said Larry.
The fact that the suspect knew his way around the store makes Larry think he might have been a customer at one point. Five laptops were stolen with a total value of $23 hundred dollars.
"Us small retailers can't take a whole lot of hits," said Ross Engelbrecht.
Ross Engelbrecht is in a similar situation. The owner of Computer Care Solutions had his store burglarized less than a week ago, losing thousands of dollars in merchandise.
Unlike the Bits-N-Bytes incident, detectives believe the suspect behind the Computer Care Solutions burglary actually used a crowbar to pry the back door open.
Since the incident, Ross says he's made some improvements to his surveillance system.
"We got it covered pretty well. Better alarm system, and we kind of just have a plan," said Ross.
But the question of whether the two are connected still remains. In both cases, the suspect took less than 90 seconds to get in, and get out with the goods.
"It can be challenging to say if the same person is responsible for multiple burglaries. The detectives often times may have a hunch that they think that person is, but they don't have anything concrete to say for sure," said Sioux Falls Police Officer, Sam Clemens.
"I believe in God that he'll be caught, because what goes around comes around," said Larry.
If you have any information on either of these crimes, please call Crime Stoppers or Sioux Falls Police.