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Men in animal masks smash and grab from Miami vape shop

Posted at 9:25 AM, Oct 04, 2018

Multiple surveillance cameras captured men wearing animal masks smashing the doors, windows and displays of a vape shop in Miami before taking off with tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

Multiple surveillance cameras captured men wearing animal masks smashing the doors, windows and displays of a vape shop in Miami before taking off with tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

The owners of Vaporizeme Smoke & Tobacco on SW 8th Street in Miami say the family-owned business was burglarized twice in 48 hours, this past Monday and Tuesday.

"It's really disheartening to not feel safe," said owner David Marquez.

Three burglars -- one of them wearing a bunny mask and the other a bear mask -- are seen on surveillance late Tuesday smashing the window with a hammer. At first, the alarm scares them off, but they returned and helped themselves to $30,000 worth of various vaping merchandise.

"We've been here six years," Marquez said. "Never had a problem. I don't feel safe leaving here at night."

Vaporizeme was also burglarized on Monday, and the masked thieves took off with $20,000 worth of merchandise.

"How am I supposed to continue to open up my business when my family has put everything into this?" Marquez said. "We work seven days a week really hard, and to not have peace of mind to go home."

Anyone with information should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

"We are just asking for help because this is a family-owned business," said Amanda Diaz, the owner's girlfriend. "This is how we eat and pay our bills from."

Story from our news partner NBC 6