A security camera caught a person breaking into a mobility equipment store in San Jose and stealing a motorized scooter earlier this week.
The burglary happened on Monday, around 5:30 a.m. at Re-Mobilizers.
The surveillance video shows a person at the front of the shop and spends several minutes to see if someone is watching them. They then smash the glass door and stole a $2,500 scooter.
“It was crazy,” Re-Mobilizers owner Brian O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell is in the business for his mom, who has polio and has faced mobility issues for years.
He said the burglary forced him to push back an appointment with a veteran on Monday.
“It threw our whole schedule off,” O’Donnell said. “It really throws a lot of my customers off because they rely on us. If I’m not there, then they’re not mobile a lot of the time.”
O’Donnell said that a passerby scares the thief off. The thief shoves the scooter into their white sedan and left with it hanging out of the door.
“We were able to set it up with the manufacturer so that they’re not going to be able to get parts or anything for it so it’s flagged as a stolen unit now, kind of like a VIN number on a car,” O’Donnell said.
San Jose police arrived shortly after the thief left and took a report. A detective will be assigned to the case.
O’Donnell hopes the thief is caught, but he is glad it wasn’t worse.
“I thought he was going to probably go through our office,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of customer files. We even have some money in our cash drawer, so that could have really affected us.”