Logan computer store burglarized

A Logan computer store was burglarized for the second time in two weeks Tuesday morning. Computers and iPods were reported stolen in the smash and grab theft from ExperCom, located at 725 S. Main in Logan. The theft happened at 4:06 a.m. TuesdaySurveillance video shows a person dressed in black with a mask over his or her face ripping computers off shelves.Employees at ExperCom confirm it is the second such theft they have had in two weeks. According to the surveillance video, it appears to be the same individual. Logan Police Capt. Jeff Curtis says in both instances the front door was smashed to gain entry. The first incident was in the early morning hours of February 4. Roger Smith, owner of ExperCom in Logan and Salt Lake City, says approximately $7,000 worth of merchandise was taken including a number of MacBook computers and iPods. Smith says his business has suffered numerous break-ins, with the worst happening last December at the Salt Lake store. The criminal smashed through the storefront with his automobile. “The break-ins are are challenging, but not disabling for business,” Smith says. When asked what his insurance policy includes he responded, “Oh, I won’t report a claim this small … I don’t want to run the risk of becoming uninsurable.” He says rather, he has to step up security measures. “I’m not going to put bars on the windows” Smith says, “I don’t want it to look like downtown Los Angeles”. He says bars might make customers feel it’s an unsafe place to shop. “I don’t think we can keep them from breaking in,” Smith says, “but once they get in, we can make it harder for them to gain access [to the merchandise]”. Smith produced his own media press release, and provided links to the surveillance video, in what he says, is “an attempt to trigger someone to ask the question, ‘why did all of these iPods show up on my roommates bed?’, [for example]”. Smith also says the jeans the suspect is wearing are ‘quite unique’, and might be identifiable for someone. No other businesses in the area have reported burglaries. Curtis says investigators have limited information about the crime but if anyone has information or witnessed suspicious activity in the area at the time, they are encouraged to contact Logan Police at 716-9300.

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