From car lots to convenience stores, business owners are fed up with the uptick in thefts.
Eckart Electrical and Lighting Supply was hit by burglars for the 6th time on July 29, and staff said their patience is wearing thin.
The dreaded early morning phone calls from the alarm company have become part of the job description for Eckart’s Guy Sexton.
“I know when it goes off at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning, there’s a break-in. I already know that,” said Sexton.
Frustration mounts every time they have to roll back their surveillance video, knowing they’ve done all they can to keep thieves out. Crooks crave their big, red Milwaukee Tool boxes.
“They’re looking for a quick fix. They’re coming to steal these tools, and they’re going straight to the pawnshop or selling them on the street,” Sexton said.
Sexton said there’s nothing shop owners can do. Burglars are getting pennies on the dollar for the very inventory that keeps them in business, and pawnshop staffers refuse to talk to them.
The staff isn’t sure if the burglars are part of a growing homeless population that camps out in the area or someone who has cased the place during business hours.
“At some point, it’s got to stop. I don’t know how we fix the problem, but it’s frustrating for us and our guys. I’m already out of bed at 4:00 in the morning, but do I want to come up here to this mess? No, I don’t,” said Sexton.
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