Dickson, Tenn. (WKRN) – As the holiday season kicks off, local businesses are bracing for the rush. Today, a Dickson store owner is offering a reward after CCTV cameras captured a burglar accused of breaking in twice within 10 days of each incident.
“Most business owners know that it’s possible anytime, anywhere, and can easily be broken into,” explained John Thompson, owner of Misfits Electronics.
Inside the repair shop, a wanted poster of a man no stranger to the business hangs on the wall as soon as you walk through the door.
“He fired this one. He broke this one with a rock first, and he knew what he was doing because he turned the corner and came back there,” Thompson showed.
Then just ten days later, the same thief struck again.
“He went through that window and knocked out the whole shelf here,” Thompson pointed out.
The entire crime was filmed; you can see the intruder heading straight for the cash register while trying to cover his face, clearing it before taking off. The second time, his hat and face were clear for the camera. The owner said the same man broke both times.
“Shoes are a dead giveaway,” Thompson said.
It’s not just the money that worries them. For more than a decade, the boutique has cared for people from across the community.
“It probably cost me between $1,500 and $2,000, that’s how it is. We were lucky he couldn’t salvage anything from behind the shelf because I have to replace those things,” Thompson said.
The National Retail Federation found that 8 out of 10 retailers reported incidents of violence and assault this year alone. The organization said “retail crime is on the rise” and is impacting local businesses that are feeling the pain.
“It’s harmful because I don’t care what you do; if you’re a private company, it hurts,” Thompson said.
The store offers a cash reward for information that will lead to an arrest. They are asking anyone who knows the person in the video to call the store at 615-375-1902.