Dyna Wear in Murrieta was broken into Saturday, May 30, at 4:07 a.m., and at least $4,000 worth of merchandise was stolen within a matter of minutes.
“I had just locked the doors Friday night, came back early Saturday morning around 4:20 a.m. when the store was broken into,” Khalid Shahin, one of the partners for the Murrieta and Temecula Dyna Wear locations, said. “There was glass all over the place; a lot of hats were stolen. Police came before I did, but they didn’t capture anything.”
Outside footage shows a white truck pulling up in front of the store and left running, while one person jumps out with a large brick in their hand. The person proceeded to smash the window with the brick; they took merchandise and left within a few minutes, according to the security video.
Police arrived on the scene around 4:20 a.m. or 4:25 a.m., and while the event may be tied to the recent riots, Shahin said he believes it’s tied to the recent break-in they had April 20 at their Temecula location, except that a dumbbell was used instead of a brick. They also went in and took mostly hats.
“The police unfortunately, their hands are tied,” Shahin said.
“They say it’s the law in California that they can’t just go chase that because it’s not enough for them to go after,” he said of the Temecula break-in.
While the Murrieta store did have enough taken, the police weren’t much help, Shahin said.
“They didn’t even offer to help pull DNA or fingerprints, they just left and said here’s a case number. That’s it,” Shahin said.
“They found the doughnut shop was open, but she didn’t hear anything,” Shahin said.
Valley News asked Donut Star, which is several stores down from the hat shop, if they had seen or heard anything, but they said they hadn’t heard anything.
“It puts us back awhile,” Shahin said. “First of all, these hats, they take time for the company to ship. I just received that shipment, and I had just put it on display and that night they broke in and took it.”
The shipment had also taken awhile to arrive due to shipping issues with the coronavirus pandemic, and it was coming from the East Coast.
“They swept 10 or 12 of these shelves, and there’s like 10 hats in each,” Shahin said.
“So four grand, plus the window smashing, plus the time to get back and get those shipped,” he said. “Some of them are out of stock too, and they’re really in demand.”
Shahin has had questions asking if he thinks this break-in is related to the rioting.
“I strongly believe it’s not,” Shahin said, “We have a very good community here as far as preserving people’s properties versus other cities that I have lived in or heard about. I don’t think they’re locals to be honest.”
Shahin posted the incident on Facebook.
“A lot of people came in to show support. We’re really grateful for that,” he said.
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