There has been a nationwide increase in camera store burglaries in recent years, and another one just occurred in Manchester, New Hampshire. The thieves made off with roughly $50,000 in cameras and lenses in less than a minute, and the entire thing was captured on camera.
NBC10 Boston reports that the burglary occurred at 5am yesterday at the Hunt’s Photo and Video location in Manchester.
As the security camera footage in the segment above shows, four thieves smashed through the glass front door of the store with an ax before storming in with large plastic bins. The ax-wielder then began smashing glass display cases, allowing his accomplices to grab camera equipment by the armful to fill the bins.
The burglars entered and exited in just 53 seconds.
And this wasn’t the first recent burglary for the store: another similar one occurred just 4 months ago, and that ~$50,000 loss is what prompted the manager to have the high-end surveillance camera installed.
Authorities are now investigating the crime and studying the footage to try and identify the suspects.