Burglar busted breaking into N. Phoenix business

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Surveillance cameras captured a man with an armload of clothing running from the scene of a break-in at a north Phoenix clothing store.

Sara Storks, the owner of In Style Exchange, contacted 3TV Wednesday morning after she got a call in the middle of the night that her store was burglarized.

Storks arrived to find a glass wall shattered, a giant rock on the floor of her store and the clothing swiped from the racks just steps away from the entrance.

"It's obviously someone who’s really desperate that they had to think to do something like that," Storks said.

Storks reached out to the manager at the Subway in the same shopping center that has surveillance cameras on the outside of its store. She quickly learned the thief was on those videos.

Cameras catch a man on a bicycle riding by the store over and over around 2:30 a.m. Police patrol the shopping center and once the officer leaves, the man on the bike comes back. Moments later, video shows him racing from the store with a pile of clothing.

Storks said the value of the clothing is only a few hundred dollars. But between that and the cost to repair the giant glass wall, the burglary is taking a toll on the small business owner's bottom line.

"We had new arrivals this week and I thought, 'OK, we're going to have a good week,' and now the money that we made on those clothes is going straight to this window," Storks said.