Burglar uses Windex to wipe prints from Phoenix bakery theft

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A burglar broke into a new bakery in Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A burglar broke into a new bakery in Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
break-in is estimated to be a $2,400 loss. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) break-in is estimated to be a $2,400 loss. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
After scoping out the business, the burglar is spotted ransacking the register. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) After scoping out the business, the burglar is spotted ransacking the register. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Moments after the suspect leaves, the video shows Phoenix police arrive at the bakery with their guns drawn. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Moments after the suspect leaves, the video shows Phoenix police arrive at the bakery with their guns drawn. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Phoenix baker is heartbroken after her new shop was burglarized last week.

Around 4 a.m. Thursday, a suspect that could be a man or a woman broke into the “My Gal, Sal” bakery near 35th Avenue and Greenway.

 “I feel very violated,” said Sal Schroeder, the owner.

Schroeder’s dream of opening up her own business became a reality a few months ago. This break-in is estimated to be a $2,400 loss.

“I’m hurt, angry. I want to find this person so bad. I want to look at this person in the face and say. 'Why? Why don’t you get a job like everyone else,'” said Schroeder.

Surveillance video captured the heavy-set suspect wearing a black hoodie. After scoping out the business, the burglar is spotted ransacking the register. They also reach for a bottle of Windex to wipe away their fingerprints.

“If this person would have come up to me and said, 'Hey, I’m going to be evicted from my house tomorrow. I need help with my rent,' I most likely would have helped them out,” said Schroeder.

Moments after the suspect leaves, the video shows Phoenix police arrive at the bakery with their guns drawn.

The owner thinks the suspect could be a past customer because they knew where the cameras were. The register is typically emptied out each night but this time the employee forgot.

“You may have burst my bubble but I’m stronger than you,” she said.

Schroeder says the only way to move forward from the theft is to keep baking. She calls it her therapy.

“Yes, it is, I’ve already moved on, I’m moving forward,” she said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Schroeder recover from the theft.

Loyal customers say they also plan to bring extra business to the bakery this week.

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