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MURRAY -- A man crashed into a Mac computer dealer early Friday morning, stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise. Police are still looking for the suspect.

There is broken glass everywhere at the front of the ExperCom at 256 E. 6400 South in Murray, and the frame is completely knocked out. The owner says that is what's most upsetting.

Around 3:20 Friday morning, a man seen in surveillance video backed into the store. He used a black truck and rammed the back end into the store twice. He then jumped out of the vehicle and ran into ExperCom, grabbing the on-display Apple computers.

He didn't bother to unplug any cords, so he struggled to get the monitors free. Several times throughout the video, the man can be seen nearly falling over tables and tripping over cords.

He made three runs into the store and loaded everything in the back of the truck. Then he drove away.

The security company called the owner, Roger Smith, right after the alarm sounded. When he arrived, he couldn't believe the damage, especially to have it happen right before Christmas.

"The biggest problem was the opportunity cost. This loss of the last two weeks, it looks like they're not going to be able to get us up and going for a week or two. And we just lose the best time of year for us. It's just really an opportunity loss," he said.

Once police arrived on scene, they went through the store with flashlights, looking for any evidence that could lead them to the identity of the thief. Obviously, the surveillance video will be a great tool in zeroing in on the man. Detectives say they might be able to zoom in on the license plate of the truck.

The owner says damage to the building is probably around $10,000. As for the lost equipment, that totals around $6,000 in merchandise.

Smith cannot figure out why someone would cause so much damage for so little equipment. He says he would have rather given the man cash than go through this.

If you see any black truck with significant back-end damage or recognize the suspect call Murray police at 801-840-4000.

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Story compiled with contributions from Nicole Gonzales and Becky Bruce.

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