CAUGHT ON CAM: Burglar steals crossbows, swords from Springs zombie survival shop

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado Zombie Outpost is prepared for a lot: fighting zombies, surviving the apocalypse. Burglaries are a little outside of their wheelhouse.

"We're a family-owned business," said Pearre Cabell, co-owner of the west Springs store. "We’re doing this for nine kids and half a dozen grandkids, and this is our retirement plan. And you know, you steal from a business like this or any business, it hurts."

The store was burgled for only the second time ever on Sunday morning.

"For someone to do it at 8:15 in the morning during daylight hours. That's -- that's a hard one to swallow," Cabell said.

The store is closed on Sundays, so the prowler gained entry by breaking a window. He then started grabbing merchandise, making off with two crossbows, swords, and an expensive backpack.

Cabell and co-owner John Quatkemeyer tell 11 News their store is intended to be a fun spin on the typical survival store.

"We’re a survival store with a zombie twist. If you’re prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for anything. But I mean, half of the store is set up for full-time survival. The other half we have fun with," Cabell said.

"Preparing for disasters or something like that is not fun. Preparing for zombies is," Quatkemeyer added.

The men said because of the store theme, they get the attraction for crooks. The store was burglarized for the first time last year by a young man who snatched several swords off the wall.

"Unfortunately, because of where we are, we have a lot of -- whether it’s homeless or teenagers or, you know, sword enthusiasts. That kinda stuff."

The first crook was never caught. The owners hope this second one will. They allowed 11 News access to surveillance of the burglary and hope someone may recognize him. That video is posted at the top of this article.

The store is located on Ore Mill Road near the east end of Red Rock Canyon Open Space. If you were in the area around 8:15 Sunday morning and saw anything, call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.