Apparently (the stolen cameras) are state of the art because they're extremely expensive. We were quite shocked when we saw the value of the equipment stolen. This was not a basic smash-and-grab. —Gary Keller
SOUTH SALT LAKE — A group of suspected burglars stole $332,000 worth of state-of-the-art video equipment from a local business, police said.
Both investigators and store employees say the thieves knew exactly what they were doing.
"It was a shock to find out that somebody knew what door to go in, what cabinet to go to directly, and go in there and take all the stuff. And within six minutes, they went in, they went out, and they were gone," said Kiyono Streich, production coordinator at Ron Hill Imagery, 2994 S. Richards St. (45 West). "We obviously think it's somebody who has been here before."
About 5:45 a.m. on March 12, two burglars used a crowbar to break into the business, said South Salt Lake police detective Gary Keller.
"It appears these guys had prior knowledge of the business just due to their swiftness of operation inside the business," Keller said. "They went right to the cabinet that held the most expensive cameras. They ripped the doors right off the cabinet. They moved very quickly and almost knew the layout of the building. We believe these guys probably cased the business and planned it out very well."
The burglars, seen in store surveillance video wearing gloves, beanies and masks to cover their faces, even broke an exterior light and disrupted an exterior camera before going in the store, he said.
Once inside, they used headlamps to move around and suitcases to haul out the stolen equipment. At one point, they filled a garbage can with equipment to take to their waiting getaway vehicle, Keller said.
"They knew exactly where everything was positioned on the building," Streich said. "They walked directly to the cabinet that we had all of our camera equipment in, and proceed to load up the equipment into big trash cans, roll them back out and went away."
"Apparently (the stolen cameras) are state of the art because they're extremely expensive," Keller said, noting that one camera alone was valued at $45,000. "We were quite shocked when we saw the value of the equipment stolen. This was not a basic smash-and-grab."
Keller said the duo moved "very quickly. It was a very fast-moving event."
Investigators cannot tell from the surveillance video if the alleged burglars are male or female. The only description of their getaway vehicle is a dark-colored minivan.
Anyone with information on the burglary can call police at 801-840-4000.
Contributing: Shara Park