San Jose fire damaged-business targeted by thieves

- A music studio that was damaged in a fire two weeks ago has been burglarized twice in the past week, according to the owner.

The water damage from the fire on Aug. 16 was extensive to Musik Ink Studios and a neighboring tattoo parlor on San Carlos Street in San Jose.

Employee Mike Tellez said the owner hired a restoration company to make repairs, but on Aug. 31 they had a setback. Two men broke into the building around 5:00 a.m. and stole some of the company's equipment.

Tellez shared surveillance video with KTVU, which shows a man stealing multiple floor drying fans and placing them into a large garbage bin. Tellez said the burglar broke in through a window and spent about 15 minutes inside before he rolled up a garage door and walked away with the goods.

"That’s a long time to be in a building that you should not be in," Tellez said.

Tellez said the burglar had a partner, but the partner is not seen on video.
It is the second time in a week the building was hit. Tellez said power tools were stolen last weekend.

"Well the first time we didn’t have cameras because there was no electricity," he said. "The fire wiped out the electricity."

Shawn Williams, a friend of the owner, said he believes the same burglar is behind both crimes.

"The key here is to stop them before it goes any further because what if someone is here and these guys break in, who knows how desperate they are," Williams said. "They seem calculated. They seem like they’re know what they’re doing. What’s their next step? I don’t know. Let’s stop it."

The owner has filed a police report. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact San Jose Police.

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