Posted: 9:25 PM MST
Video report, story by News 11's Patrick Walker
Ed Ramirez woke up to a small business owner’s nightmare last week – a late-night call from an alarm company saying his store was being burglarized.
Ed rushed to his store, Fast Eddie’s RC Hobbies in Yuma, to see if anything had been taken.
"When I got here, I didn't see anything really out of place that I had not put out of place earlier in the day," Ed told News 11’s Patrick Walker.
The store was mostly empty, but that’s because Ed had taken most of his merchandise out of the store for mobile sales during the week. After a quick glance around his shop, Ed decided it was probably just a false alarm.
One clue, however, prompted Ed to go back and look at the security camera footage the next day.
“My business partner came back later that night,” said Ramirez. “He had noticed a set of foot prints going across the indoor track and that's something that's a no-no for us. We don't walk on that track."
Ed looked at the footage, and sure enough, someone had come inside the store.
“He came in here, and at the time, this shelf (pointing to a high shelf) was empty, with the exception of that one helicopter. He just reached right up and grabbed it,” Ramirez explained. “Then he headed behind the counter to see what else he could find.”
Four cameras – all of them catching the unidentified burglar in the act. When the alarm tripped, the footage shows the burglar bolting from the shop.
Ed says although the bandit got away with the chopper, it probably will not be much fun to play with.
“It’s not complete, there’s not all of the pieces and parts with it that need to be there to operate the thing.” Ramirez re-filed a police report with the Yuma Police Department with the new evidence. YPD is currently investigating the burglary.
If you have any information, or know who the man on the security camera footage is, you can call Yuma police at (928) 373-4700 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.