OGDEN -- A floral and home decor store has been burglarized -- again -- and the co-owner hopes they get justice this time.
Someone broke into Palmer Wholesale-Retail Decor at 3562 Washington Blvd. after closing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and before opening at 8 a.m. Friday. They broke in through windows by the front door, grabbed computers, ripped a safe containing expensive items out of the wall and stole about $500 in cash from the till, said co-owner Roger Palmer.
"We also had a burglary very similar to this in 2010," Palmer said.
The store turned surveillance footage of that theft over to the Ogden Police Department, but no suspects were ever caught, Palmer said.
This time, there is no surveillance of the break-in. When the store got the surveillance hard drive back, it was damaged, and they have not been able to install a new one, said Palmer's son, Seth.
But there is a possible lead, Roger Palmer said. He said neighbors who live behind the store said they saw a Ford Expedition around the property about 4:30 or 5 a.m.
Detectives are working on the case, said Police Lt. Tony Fox, adding that the sport utility vehicle reportedly had a loud muffler.
After this burglary, the store plans to have a new surveillance system installed by next week, Seth Palmer said.
Between the damage to the store and the stolen goods, Seth Palmer estimates the burglary cost the store $3,500.
"Since the economy took a dive in '08, we've had a really tough time," Roger Palmer said. "This has set us back. It makes it pretty difficult for us."
Some people think of businesses as big, rich people and it's OK to steal from them because they can afford it, Roger Palmer wrote to the Standard-Examiner. But the store has been running in the red since the economic downturn and a burglary like this hurts the people they employ, he said..