Burglars hit two hardware stores

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One of the suspects is seen in this security video from Power Haus. IMAGES COURTESY OF POWER HAUS

Suspects sought
They were SWAT-team efficient

Burglars made off with more than $10,000 in inventory from two local hardware stores Thursday night.  

Security footage from Power Haus Equipment shows men breaking into the front of the store and quickly gathering up tools. Owner Michael Melton said he had received a notification on his phone at 11:14 p.m. about activity on the store’s security camera. Melton said the suspects entered the front door of the plumbing supply store in the same building as Power Haus, then breached the front and back of Power Haus simultaneously. There were two people inside the store throwing goods toward the front door, Melton said, where several men loaded the tools and equipment into at least two vehicles waiting outside. 

“Within 90 seconds, they were gone,” he said.

TWO suspects can be seen in this image.

According to the San Marcos Police Department blotter, police responded to a report of a burglary at Power Haus, located at 111 E. Martin Luther King Dr., at 11:21 p.m. Thursday. 

Melton said the suspects took almost $8,000 worth of merchandise. According to the police report, the suspects took five Stihl blowers, 10 chainsaws and three Echol backpack blowers.

Less than 15 minutes later, a group of burglars pried open the door of Hofmann Supply on Guadalupe Street. Wes Bingham, manager at Hofmann Supply, said the burglary took place at 11:26 p.m. Store owner Don Hofmann filed a police report Friday morning.

This image shows the burglars inside Hofmann’s Welding Supply on Guadalupe Street and was taken just minutes after the break-in at Power Haus. IMAGES COURTESY OF HOFMANN’S

“Our surveillance video shows two of the same guys from the Power Haus break-in video, along with a third and a driver in a car,” Bingham said. “All of our tools and welders are chained down, which prevented them from getting away with much.”

The suspects made off with about $3,000 in goods from Hofmann Supply, Bingham said; they took several Yeti brand coolers and one Miller welding machine. Bingham said the suspects were in and out of the shop within one minute.

Melton said he was taken aback by the speed with which the men broke in and left.

“They were SWAT-team efficient,” he said.

He also said he is certain he recognizes one of the suspects as someone who had come into his store before – and that makes the experience even harder.

“Our business model is all about personal connections with our customers,” he said. “We know our customers by their first names. We greet you and say ‘thank you.’ Having known someone was in here, and went through that with us, and looked us in the eye … that just hurts.”

Anyone with information on either burglary should call the San Marcos Police Department, 512-753-2108.

San Marcos Daily Record

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