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Burglaries at camera stores in Concord and Waltham spur police probe

Damage was seen at LensProToGo in Concord.
Damage was seen at LensProToGo in Concord.LensProToGo.com

Burglars broke a window and smashed holes in the walls of a camera store in Concord, stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment, officials said. Another break-in over the weekend at a store that sells camera equipment was also reported in Waltham.

An employee at LensProToGo, a rental house for camera equipment, on Baker Avenue Extension in Concord called police at 8:06 a.m. on Monday, when he came to open the store and saw that someone had broken in over the weekend, Police Chief Joseph O’Connor said.

The store was closed at the time of the robbery, and no one was injured.

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LensProToGo has estimated that nearly $600,000 worth of equipment was stolen, but police have not verified that value yet, O’Connor said.

Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras and lenses were taken, along with some lighting and audio gear, said company spokeswoman Meg Rodney. A window was broken, and there was damage to interior walls, she added.

The store reopened Tuesday.

In the other case, Waltham police responded to a burglar alarm at EP Levine, a store on Bear Hill Road that sells camera equipment, at about 12:45 p.m. on Sunday. The store, which is just 10 miles from the Concord store, was closed and no one was inside.

Officers found pry marks and damage to one entrance, said Waltham Police Sergeant Joe Guigno.

One of the store owners, Jay Callum, said the burglars were “fairly brazen.” They used a torch to cut open a metal door used as a rear emergency exit.

While the company is still conducting an inventory, it does not appear anything was stolen, Callum said.

“The burglar got in, but it looks like they were scared off by the alarm before they did anything else,” Guigno said.

While it is unclear if the two incidents are related, “it’s certainly something we’re looking at,” O’Connor said.

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Callum said it could be a coincidence that both break-ins occurred on the same weekend at two camera stores just a few miles apart, but “it smells fishy.”


Aneri Pattani can be reached at aneri.pattani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @apattani95.