CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Crooks kick down door to break into small business

FALCON, Colo. (KKTV) - Security cameras captured the moment two crooks kicked down a door and busted into a local small business. The owner of Reptile Foods & More, near Highway 24 and Judge Orr Road in Falcon, says it's the fourth time her shop has been broken into in the last couple of weeks.

“It’s a sickening feeling," said Reptile Food & More owner Leslie Boynton.

Boynton says crooks have hit her store four times. It was most recently broken into on Wednesday night.

Boynton installed security cameras after the third burglary. This time, she was able to catch the crooks on camera. The video shows two men wearing hoodies kick down the door and then head straight to the cash register.

Nothing was taken, but one of the men can be seen grabbing an iPad stand and throwing it at a window.

"I don't know why somebody would be doing this to a small business," Boynton said.

The first time, Boynton says the thieves busted down the door and got away with about $300. The second time, the cash register was left open and the place was ransacked. The third time, she says the store was a mess again, but nothing was taken.

"They actually knocked the door off of the frame. So, it was pretty bad," she told 11 News. "The frame, the hinges -- everything was off.”

She's had to repair the door four times now. She's also shelling out more money for security measures. That includes those new surveillance cameras and now a metal security door.

Her business is now out about $1,000 once you add in the cost of repairs and a new security system. Boynton says she knows the crook only took a couple hundred bucks, but every penny matters when you're running a small business.

"I'm not a big company. I'm here for the community," Boynton said. "Everything that I make goes back into the store to try to build it, and it was just a big hit.”

Boynton tells 11 News she reported all four break-ins to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, but these are hard crimes to solve. She's learned her lesson not to keep cash around and just wants the crooks to stop. She hopes the surveillance video will help catch the crooks this time.

“I would love to stay, but if it happens again I just can’t afford it," she said.