BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police are investigating a break-in at a local sports memorabilia store, but it isn’t the only one that’s been broken into in the past few weeks.
Youngstown Sportscards off of Route 224 was hit overnight, where thousands of dollars in items were stolen, according to the owner.
A passerby noticed the front door glass was shattered.
A few weeks back, a store in Niles and another in Girard also fell victim, but right now, police won’t say if the incidents are connected. Still, business owners remain concerned.
At Youngstown Sportscards, at least $10,000 worth of inventory was stolen Wednesday morning, including cards and a PlayStation.
“We’re going through, we’re identifying it all, we’re getting an inventory list together,” said owner George Samonas. “A lot of stuff that they took had certification numbers on it and numbering. So that way, we can find it on the internet or we’ve actually been reached out to by a lot of other card shops, not only in the Youngstown area but Canton and Cleveland have called.”
He says thefts like this can really hurt a small business.
“When you do hit up small business, it hurts more. We’re lucky enough to fight through it. They took a big amount, but if they would have took $2, it’s still a small business, money earned,” Samonas said.
But he’s not alone. Other stores have been broken into recently. Each time, thousands of dollars worth of collectibles were taken.
“Vintage collectibles are real hot right now. Anything from cards to toys to shirts. It’s all worth money and someone’s looking for an easy, fast cash grab,” said Rick Fusselman, owner of Time Capsule Toys.
Someone broke into Time Capsule Toys in Girard last month. They took about $4,000 worth of inventory. Fusselman said he bought a new security system to prevent it from happening again.
“We spend a lot of money to get the inventory we have and for you to rob such a small business, that literally, this is what we do to feed our children,” he said.
As for the owner of Youngstown Sportscards, he says he will find out who is responsible.
“I promise, they took from the wrong person,” Samonas said.