The Sioux Falls Police Department is investigating a burglary at a computer store. They say the suspect got away with more than $2,000 worth of laptops and the crime was captured on camera.
The surveillance video shows a suspect hiding his identity as he used a boulder to break his way into Bit-N-Byte's on North Minnesota Avenue just before ten Thursday night.
"He knew, he knew exactly what he was doing so I truly believe he's been in my store before," owner Larry Giannini said.
It also appears that the suspect knew exactly what kind of laptop he was looking for. The five he took were all high end computers. He left three lower end computers right where they were.
If this story sounds familiar, it is. Just three miles south on Minnesota Avenue, Heartland Computers was hit twice this summer, once in July and again in September.
"A lot of similarities in it. The same type of rock, the same build of the gentleman and the same outfit type," Carl Bootsma of Heartland Computers said.
In fact, the suspect at Hearland Computers also quickly zeroed in on five high-quality laptops.
"Definitely, definitely still feel uneasy. We've made a lot of changes and made our actual site here a lot more secure," Bootsma said.
One difference, in the most recent break in, the surveillance video captured a vehicle, believed to be a Silver Dodge Caravan.
"That was quite a shock to get that so I think that is another piece to the puzzle and hopefully someone will recognize that video, that build of the gentleman and we'll get this guy," Bootsma said.
The two computer store owners have talked about how to make their stores as secure as possible.
"Computer guys, we're not stupid and this guy is going to get caught," Giannini said.
The owner of Bits-N-Byte's is now asking neighboring businesses to invest in surveillance systems or upgrade what they have.