MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Shattered glass and thousands of dollars in lost sales greeted the owners of Sonrisas Electronics Saturday morning.READ MORE: South Florida PBA Union President Steadman Stahl On Stress Of Being A Police Officer
Thieves broke into the store and wiped out about 40 of the hottest holiday toy on the market, the hoverboard.
“Some pieces we sell for about $450 to $500, the 10-inch models. They also come with bluetooth, as well, so they’re very popular and high in demand,” said store owner Daniel Feldman. “They took most of the display models that we put out.”
He runs the store with his father at 145 East Flagler Street. They can’t believe someone got away with the crime on Flagler Street in the heart of downtown Miami.READ MORE: Shot Doral Police Officer In Serious But Stable Condition, Second Officer Recovering
“Being a street that’s full of cops all the time and bustling traffic 24/7, I don’t see how this can happen in a very busy street like Flagler and without anyone knowing,” Feldman continued.
It’s just the latest hoverboard shop to fall victim to criminals. Surveillance video recently captured crooks robbing stores in Miami, Deerfield Beach and Davie much in the same way — smashing their way through the front window and not hovering for long.
Feldman offered some tips to spotting stolen merchandise.MORE NEWS: 2 Doral Police Officers Injured In Shooting Near Miami-Dade Police Headquarters; Suspect Killed
“The models are gonna be without the boxes. So look out for hoverboards being sold for a very cheap price,” Feldman said. “The seller will probably not know very much about the board itself.”