Columbus burglary caught on camera by NBC4 photographer

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A burglary at a Columbus market was caught on camera by an NBC4 photographer who was recording weather video.

It happened around 9:04 a.m. Saturday at International Market Foods at 3120 Olentangy River Road, right across the street from NBC4.

Video recorded by an NBC4 photographer shows a vehicle waiting outside the store while another person was inside. The glass doors of the store were broken out just before the video started.

Surveillance video from inside the store shows a brick thrown through the glass door. A man in a sweatshirt comes in right after and takes a crowbar or similar item to the register. The suspect takes the cash drawer and leaves.

The market manager says in addition to the money being taken, the fixes on the door are costly.

“It’s very disturbing, bothers you a lot, why, just why,” said Louie Hasani, manager of International Market Foods. “Stop trying to take somebody else’s property or somebody else’s money.”  

After about 30 seconds, a person came out of the store and got into the passenger seat of the vehicle. The driver then drove off, heading north on Olentangy River Road.

The NBC4 photographer immediately called Columbus police.

This was the second break in at the restaurant in a matter of months. The door on the restaurant side of the building is boarded up because it was smashed during a burglary back in December.

“We believe and it looks like by the cameras the same person has done the same thing,” said Hasani .

The door broken on Saturday is now fixed. Hasani calls the burglaries setbacks but they’re not letting them slow business down.

“It’s not a big corporation where money is just flowing 24/7. This is a mom and dad with their kids running their business trying to make an honest living,” he said. 

The market is a family business that’s been in operation for more than 25 years. Before the past couple of months, Hasani said there has only been one minor break in.

“It’s very disturbing to have someone break into your place that you work very hard day and night, to come the next day and see something that’s broken,” Hasani said. “There’s other options these people have to go get money instead of breaking into locations like this and stealing money.”

One suspect appeared to be wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, yellow gloves and a yellow mask covering his face.

The driver appeared the be wearing a red jacket and a dark-colored hat.

The vehicle was a tan Ford Five Hundred with temporary Ohio tag #J980741. It has a Madison Motors decal on the tailgate and 2020 Pennsylvania inspection stickers on the windshield.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

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