ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - A Roswell business is hoping surveillance video will help catch a man that has left hundreds of dollars in damage after a burglary, the third time the business has been hit with crime in just a couple of months.
The most recent burglary happened Sunday night at the "Up in Smoke" shop in Roswell. A man was caught on camera kicking down the back door then running away.
The business just opened in late February. Since then, someone has broken in twice but they haven't stolen anything.
"It's really kind of annoying because we're here trying to help the community," said Sean Hatfield, an employee at "Up in Smoke."
In the most recent incident the suspect began scoping the building out around 7:45 p.m. when the shop was closed. He first tries to open the locked door, but then walks away. About 15 minutes after 8 p.m., the suspect begins his attack, kicking the door several times with a determination to break in.
Surveillance video shows the man kicked so hard is shook large clouds of dust from the ceiling. Eventually, his plan works and the door swings open.
The man ran in side but only for a couple seconds. According to store employees and alarm went off and the suspect ran away empty handed. However, the suspect still left hundreds of dollars in damage.
"Break in to some place and not steal anything, it's just really more annoying then breaking in and having stuff stolen because it's just the property damage at this point," said Hatfield.
After the most recent burglary, the smoke shop had to repair the door frame and lock. The suspect also broke in to an adjacent office space, breaking two doors and locks there as well.
In the first burglary, the suspect didn't even use the door.
"The first time, somebody tried to come in through the wall of the business to the side of us. They cut the sheet rock, kicked a hole in the wall and the same thing happened. Alarm went off and they took off running," said Hatfield.
The shop says it's not sure if the same person is behind both burglaries, but no matter, the incidents have left big bills and an even bigger annoyance.
"We try to offer lower prices for everybody buy you know if they're costing us money trying to fix things, we're not going keep our prices that way, we want to be able to keep them low," said Hatfield.
Following the second burglary, the shop says one of its security cameras went missing.
The shop believes it may know who the suspect is. They've turned the name and the video over to Roswell Police.
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