Smash-and-grab burglary at QC hobby store caught on video

Police said the suspect plowed his car into the front doors of Superstition Hobbies in Queen Creek and was in and out in less than three minutes. (Courtesy of CBS 5 News)

Police said the suspect plowed his car into the front doors of Superstition Hobbies in Queen Creek and was in and out in less than three minutes. (Courtesy of CBS 5 News)

 

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the man behind a smash-and-grab burglary at Superstition Hobbies in Queen Creek early Monday morning, March 28.

The store’s alarm was activated at about 6 a.m. and deputies were on the scene near Germann and Rittenhouse roads within minutes.

This is the latest in a series burglaries in the area and the fourth time the store has been broken into in the past four years, according to the owner.

Police said the suspect plowed his car into the front doors of the store and was in and out in less than three minutes.

MCSO said its detectives were on the scene within five minutes of the alarm on the front door activating, but the suspect was already long gone.

Superstition Hobbies owner Michael Stevenson shared surveillance video of the burglary.

A man can be seen leaping over a display counter in this surveillance video from Superstition Hobbies. This is the latest in a series burglaries in the area and the fourth time the store has been broken into in the past four years, according to the owner. (Courtesy of CBS 5 News)

A man can be seen leaping over a display counter in this surveillance video from Superstition Hobbies. This is the latest in a series burglaries in the area and the fourth time the store has been broken into in the past four years, according to the owner. (Courtesy of CBS 5 News)

 

You can see the glass shatter as the car hits the doors on the left side of the frame. A few seconds later, a man climbs through a broken gate and into the store.

The suspect is described as male, 6 feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds. Although the surveillance cameras were recording as he broke in, his face was covered so investigators do not have a good description of him.

Detectives said the man took several items from display cases, but did not touch the money in the store’s registers.

An acquaintance of the store owners set up a GoFundMe account to help them repair and reopen.

While there appears to have been a rash of similar incidents at others hobby stores, investigators have not connected them.

Mr. Stevenson said the last time somebody broke into his store, which specializes in radio-controlled planes, helicopters, cars and boats, the suspect drove through the back doors.

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