Cedar Falls police investigating tech store burglary caught on camera


    iTech is considering adding security gates to their doors as a way to prevent future burglaries.

    Surveillance videos captured a burglary at iTech in Cedar Falls Wednesday morning. This unfolded around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.

    "To me it was out of a movie," Nick Steinbeck, Operating Partner with iTech. "They drug in things to just pile the demos in, they grabbed them, ripped them off our table. There was power chords that were bent."

    Cedar Falls Police are investigating the burglary. Steinbeck said thousands of new computers and tablets were stolen in just over a minute.

    "A thief is one of the worst criminals in my eyes," said Steinbeck. "It's disgusting honestly."

    "You typically think of the smash and grab or high dollar shop lifting amounts and then they'll just go to their vehicle and head out of town," said Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson.

    Steinbeck said he lost about 20 percent of new inventory just like he did in another break-in back in May.

    After that, he started keeping fewer computers and tablets in the showroom.

    "We thought just keeping them in the back room would be better, this time, they took this plus the back room," said Steinbeck,.

    However, clients should not be worried if their items are missing.

    "No personal computers, no personal phone...we have zero loss of customer equipment," said Steinbeck.

    Still, Steinbeck and police said clients who take their electronics to get fixed at any store should secure their devices.

    "You're going to have to workout something with the store so you can have access to your device to repair it. But you want to make sure you have a good pass code. It'll make it fairly useless to someone who would get it," said Olson.

    iTech is considering adding security gates to their doors as a way to prevent future burglaries.

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