Rockwall Sneaker Shop Burglary Is Latest Setback for Owner Recovering From COVID-19

The burglary happened the day after the store owner came home from the hospital where he was battling COVID-19

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A Rockwall sneaker shop owner is hoping someone recognizes the people who police say cut through the wall to break into his business Thursday.

Police said surveillance footage from Flight 1 Eleven showed three people arriving at the store in the 100 block of Kenway Drive shortly before 2 a.m. and cutting through the sheetrock from the suite next door.

"We came in the morning to open up, and we saw merchandise outside the building, and thrown around the floor inside," store owner John Hernandez said.

Hernandez is still catching his breath from his nearly two-week hospital stay after he got COVID-19.

The crime was caught on surveillance cameras from every angle inside and outside the store.

They took merchandise and left the business in a 2007 to 2013 white Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup, police said.

A few hours later, around 8 a.m., police said they returned in a red 2006 to 2011 BMW 3 with a temporary tag on the rear and no front license plate, went into the business through the suite next door and took more merchandise.

"They knocked out some cameras, and stole a few that were on the register," Hernandez said. "They actually stole my whole register, which is crazy, because it had a key in it. They could have opened it up and taken the money that was in there."

He believes the damage to the building and loss of shoes and merchandise totaled around $300,000.

Police said there appeared to be a total of four people involved, but did not provide a detailed description of each.

It has been a tough year for Hernandez, whose father died earlier a few months ago.

As Hernandez recovers from the coronavirus, he's hoping someone out there who knows something will contact police.

Anyone with information may submit a tip by calling Rockwall County Crime Stoppers at 972-771-8477, or by visiting Tips may also be submitted through the P-3 Tips app. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to arrests in the case.

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