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“There’s No End”: Lincoln vape shop owner frustrated with frequent burglaries

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – A Lincoln vape shop has lost thousands in a series of burglaries, and police have yet to make any arrests.

The Highest Cloud, located near 48th and Fremont Streets, is in its fourth front door in a month after three burglaries.

“The first time, it was just kind of a nuisance,” said Anthony Delgado, the owner. “The second time, it was like, ‘Dang, really, again?’ and the third time, i really have no words for it because there seems to be no end and we are just a victim.

In the first burglary on February 11, two people broke down the front door, took about $500 worth of merchandise, and caused over $500 more in damage.

Less than three weeks later, on March 2, video surveillance cameras caught a duo using a steel fence post to break down the door again.

The thieves stole about $100 worth of merchandise and caused more than $500 in damages.

Just nine days later, the store came under fire again for the third time on March 11, with the thieves causing more than $1,000 in damages.

“It’s really jarring and painful,” Delgado said. “Being woken up around 3:45am, 4am to rush to the store as fast as possible to find it smashed and just stuff thrown all over the place. It really hurts the heart. It makes you want to cry, actually.

Delgado said it could be the same couple who broke in on all three occasions, but police have not yet identified them.

“I think it’s the kids who sadly want D8 vaporizers and products,” he said. “They’re not of legal age and probably don’t have the money.”

Thankfully he said no one was in the store when the break-ins occurred, but it was still scary.

“You never know what they’re looking for,” Delgado said. “Are they looking to hurt someone, are they looking for money, are they just looking for tiny little things? It’s hard to know.

For now, he said he will have bars placed on the windows and employees will work overtime to deter burglars.

“I’m just physically beaten, I’m mentally exhausted,” said Delgado. “It was tough, to be honest, it was really tough. I couldn’t catch up on sleep. I’m just exhausted to the max trying to put it all back together.

Delgado had a message for thieves:

“I know what it’s like when you’re young,” she said. “You want to do stupid things to look cool, fit in. It’s really not that great when someone builds something from scratch and puts their heart into it only to be destroyed by kids over and over again. It really sucks.

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