FALCON, Colo. (KKTV) - A local shop owner says someone keeps breaking into her store and stealing from her business.
“It’s a sickening feeling," said Reptile Food & More owner Leslie Boynton.
Boynton says crooks have hit her shop near Highway 24 and Judge Orr Road three times in just three weeks. It was most recently burglarized on Halloween night.
“Why? I mean, it’s a little reptile small business, you know? There’s nothing really here," said Boynton.
The first time, Boynton says the thief 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," said Boynton. "The frame, the hinges, everything was off.”
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 three 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.
“I would love to stay, but if it happens again I just can’t afford it," she said.