PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (KRON) – “He immediately went to the gym and noticed that computers, laptops, iPads were missing,” said a gym owner in East Bay.
Late Friday night, two men were caught on camera burgling, and about five thousand dollars worth of equipment was stolen from DiabloCrossFit at Pleasant Hill.
Gym owner Craig Howard said Diablo CrossFit is a small, local business that has had a tough few years with the impact of COVID-19 closures and restrictions.
Now Friday’s events are just another obstacle.
“You feel like you’re being violated. We had someone come in and prowl our premises at will, with ease and obviously very comfortable,” Howards said.
Two men were captured by gymnasium security cameras circling the gymnasium for about 30 minutes looking for things to take away.
Then one of the coaches noticed early Saturday morning and then informed Howard.
“He found the gymnasium messy. He could tell immediately that someone had broken in,” Howard said.
He checked the security video and could see everything – two men looking around then stuffing items into a bag.
They entered through a rear window.
In the video, one of the men noticed the security camera and covered his face.
Since most gym equipment is too heavy or bulky to move, the suspects went after the electronics.
“We’ve moved a lot of our business online, and to be online you have camera equipment, sound equipment, we have mixers for podcasts.”
Howard contacted Pleasant Hill police and told them they were in the area about 15 minutes after they believed the suspects had left.
Police say the suspects may have set off an alarm in a nearby building.
Police told Howard the suspects may have been strategic with their timing.
“A big car crash in Pleasant Hill that night around the same time and (the suspects) watched that because they know the police will be distracted,” Howard said.
Howard says last month they had reports of people being seen around the building after hours.
Police told him these situations were becoming more common, but they say suspects usually don’t return because many home or business owners fortify their space after a break-in.
“For our members, I would say we’re probably safer now than before and they should feel comfortable coming back,” Howard said.
The owner said they had been in this building for 13 years. Meanwhile, this is their second burglary.