CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The coronavirus global pandemic has caused many woes & worries from schools, restaurants, to even small businesses. One small business owner had his shop burglarized and now he’s searching for answers.
“In the past year, this has just adding onto everything, with the COVID-19,” said iFix iPhones store owner Alan Studier.
Surveillance video from inside the store shows a man entering the cell phone repair shop around 2:30 am Friday. The burglar rushes from one display counter to the next, grabbing several high dollar items such as iPhones, iPads, cases, and accessories then took off.
“We do also have the construction going on, on Everhart. So we’re having a lot of hiccups you know us being a small business, a very small business,” said Studier.
Studier also says the ongoing pandemic has brought several concerns and restrictions like only two customers in the store at a time, and folks must wear a face covering before entering. Having this burglary brings a new battle.
“This has never happened before, me being open for 4 or 5 plus years never thought anyone would come in and break into a place that is upstairs, I think upstairs businesses are probably one of the hardest things to break into,” said Studier.
Studier says in the meantime, he’s working on adding extra security measures so his store won’t get again.
“But other than that, we are getting through the hiccups perfectly fine. The community is coming together helping us to find leads to who actually broke in too,” said Studier.
When the burglary took place no one was inside the store so no one was hurt. According to CCPD investigators says they have obtained evidence but this is still an ongoing investigation.