STUDIO CITY—A drone store was burglarized on Sunday, July 19. Security cameras at Drones Plus were recording when at 4:15 a.m., two male suspects broke through the armor-plated glass window and ransacked the store. Police arrived no more than 20 minutes after the alarm was triggered, but by then the two suspects had been long gone.
The video, seen here on the ABC7 news, shows that the two suspects were not inside the store for more than a couple minutes before they fled the scene with a reported $10,000 of merchandise in drones and goPro cameras.
The store is located at 11376 Ventura Blvd., less than a block south of the Los Angeles River. According to Mike Thorpe, the store’s owner, this is the first time his store has been robbed. It is one of six total locations the business operates.
On its website, the store’s advertised price for a drone ranges from $1000 to $3000, depending on the model, and even offers services to setup for commercial films and Hollywood movies for north of $10,000. Its goPro cameras sell for $400.
Less than a week ago, two burglaries at two separate businesses occurred at the nearby 11200 block of Sunshine Terrace. Around the same time, a business in Van Nuys reported two drones and a remote control that were stolen from their establishment costing several thousand dollars. The burglaries have not been linked together.
The two suspects who burglarized Drones Plus are still at large. No official descriptions of the suspects have been released by authorities, who are urging anyone who may have witnessed or known anything about the burglary to step forward. The North Hollywood Community Police number is (818) 623-4016.