Business Hopes to Track Down Culprits after Break-In

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A local business is out tens of thousands of dollars after a store break-in. Workers at BlueRidgeMac in Harrisonburg spent hours cleaning up after the thieves who left behind a mess on Sunday.

They are hopeful the internet and word of mouth will help them track down the culprits.

"The front glass was literally in a pile of shards on the floor on the inside and outside," said Jeremy Garber, Store Manager at BlueRidgeMac.

Cabinets thrown open and empty spots where laptops sat on tables.

"It was violent enough that it shattered pieces on the counters, I'd say 15 or 20 feet into the room," said Garber.

Police believe the break-in happened on Sunday. They came to this store after a nearby store worker saw the broken glass. The glass is cleared away now and at least $30,000 worth of merchandise, including customers' computers still missing.

As a small business, store owner John Switzer said this will hurt them.

"We fight to stay alive so it's devastating to us. I am just still in shock," said Switzer.

The thieve emptied shelves with laptops, but left other Macs behind. Police have fingerprinted parts of the store.

Store workers plan to talk with pawn shops and other stores and check online for any evidence.

"You can't replace people's data. Memories, documents, things like that," said Switzer.

Despite the shock of the break-in, workers are doing what they can to move forward. Just hours after they discovered that the store had been broken into, there is a temporary fix for the door and they do still plan to be open for business.

They also plan to beef up security, so another incident won't happen again. Police will pass the case on to Criminal Investigations on Monday.


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