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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Thief steals electricity breakers from strip mall

Posted at 6:42 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 21:42:52-04
A thief left several businesses in the dark after his heist this weekend, and he did not even get inside. 
He stole the breakers controlling the electricity to part of a strip mall, affecting about ten of the businesses. 
"If any thief is determined to break in, I cannot send a guard to guard my breaker all night," said Haeran Dempsey, who manages the strip mall property at Rampart and Lake Mead boulevards. 
Dempsey said this same crime happened twice in a row back in 2012 and cost her about $20,000 to fix each time. Now, she is worried it will happen twice this go-around, too.
"We small businesses try our best to survive in this tough economy and when this kind of thing hits, it's a really tough, difficult time," Dempsey said. 
It is also tough for the businesses in the complex.
"It hurts our business because we have to cancel appointments," said Trisha Taylor, who works at South Shores Beauty Salon. She said they were told not to come to work on Sunday and had to cancel some appointments Monday as well.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has no leads and no suspects, but the crime is under investigation. 
If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.