KAMLOOPS - A brand new Kamloops business is recovering from thousands of dollars in damage after a break-in earlier this month.
Reflex Supplements opened their doors less than two months ago and co-owner Chris McLeod says even though the business is equipped with a good security system, the two men who broke in may not be caught.
"Its really hard to see (the suspects)," McLeod says of the surveillance footage. "The one guy… you can kind of see his face a little bit."
The surveillance shows two men casing the front of the store, located on Notre Dame Drive, for about 30 minutes before breaking in around 4 a.m. Dec. 2.
One man appears to try to take the glass out of the door frame without breaking it, but McLeod says once he takes one of the mouldings out, the glass shatters.
"It’s disheartening," McLeod says. "We’re a new business and we’re doing this all on our own."
Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says police are investigating the incident, but with limited visibility of the suspects' faces, it's hard to know who did this.
The suspects were wearing gloves and covering their faces. McLeod says police are also planning to look at the surveillance footage from surrounding businesses to determine if the suspects can be seen in the area.
McLeod says the suspects may not have stolen much merchandise, but they caused thousands of dollars in damage.
"We’re just getting our invoices in now, but probably around $2,500 to $3,000 (in damage)," he says.
McLeod says he and his wife, Julie, are going to step up security measures around the store during off-hours. He hopes other businesses can learn from this situation and can prevent crime against their property this holiday season.
Being a new business, he says money is stretched a bit right now, but the situation has been more of a nuisance than anything.
"It’s more time out of my day than anything. It’s a reality we have to deal with," he says.
McLeod is hoping anyone with information will call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.
Credit: Reflex Supplements Kamloops
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