New Hampshire

Manchester Smash-and-Grab Burglary Caught on Camera

In Manchester, New Hampshire, four thieves smashed a glass door at a video equipment store and stormed in like mad men with their own buckets.

“They busted through it and they just kind of shimmied through like a big doggy door,” said store manager Harper Hodges.

The burglars used an axe to break the glass at Hunt’s Photo and Video just before 5 a.m. Thursday. They moved quickly, cleaning out about $50,000 worth of cameras and lenses before running out the front door.

They did it all in 53 seconds.

“They threw in a whole bunch of bins, and they just immediately got to work," Hodges said. "Smashed out all the glass in the cases, and one guy just jumps up on the case and starts shoveling it off into their bins from on high.”

A high-end surveillance camera, right above the front doors, rolled on their every move.

Hodges installed it after a similar break-in four months ago. Now Manchester police have the video, and they’re using it to try to track down the suspects.

“I think it takes a special kind of person," Hodges said. "I don’t know what kind of person that would be.”

Hodges said he believes the two break-ins might be related. The store’s now out about $100,000.

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