Thief Caught on Camera Burglarizing Drone Store

A small Chicago store that sells cameras and drones was burglarized just a few weeks after it opened in the city – and the theft was all caught on camera.

Surveillance video from 312-UAV shows a burglar throwing a brick through the front window of the Wicker Park shop just after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The burglar is then seen driving through the opening, shattering glass and stealing what the store owner believes is about $2,000 worth of merchandise. The thief then flees the scene down a nearby alley.

“I’m a little bummed,” said store owner Stan Miskiewicz. “Who wouldn’t be?”

The store sells quad-copters, commonly called drones, and the cameras and parts that go with them.

Miskiewicz says four of the devices were stolen in the burglary.
“I wish I could help that guy out as well because obviously he’s in some sort of situation where he needed to do that for some reason,” Miskiewicz said.

Chicago police detectives were at the scene Friday morning and said no one was in custody, but the incident was under investigation. 

Miskiewicz said he wanted to release the surveillance video, in hopes that someone may recognize the thief.

“I'll get through it. We'll get through it,” he said. “We'll get back up and running and we'll get some better security in there to try to prevent that from happening again.”

The store opened just two weeks ago.

“There's not a whole lot of profit in these things so you really want to do it for the love of it, or don't do it cause it's not something you're gonna get rich off of,” Miskiewicz said.

The store owner plans to install a security gate in front of the store’s façade.

He asks anyone with information about the crime to call Chicago police.

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