ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Thieves broke into a university area business, nearly forcing the owner to close up shop – until a customer stepped in to help.
It happened over the weekend at Chillz Frozen Custard at Central and Vassar.
Owner Justin Carson says he found out about the break-in Sunday morning.
He tells KRQE News 13 the crooks busted the lock on the door and ransacked his office.
They stole his laptop, the entire register that had money inside, and cut open bags of custard mix that he had to throw away.
Carson says the theft and damage will cost about $3,000. That’s money he says is really needed during the slow winter months, and he thought about closing the business altogether.
But that’s when a customer came forward and started taking donations to help him out. Carson says he’s blown away by all the support.
“It gave me motivation to say, ‘I got a couple of custard left, some change in my pocket that I can use. I’m going to bust open the cash box and go at it another day,’ ” said Carson.
Carson says this is not the first time his store has been hit. Vandals have busted the windows in the past.