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      Store break-in hurts business owner with young mouths to feed

      Like most small business owners, Simon Vargas puts in a lot of hours at work.

      "We're here up to 12 hours a day," he said.

      He's a family man with two young mouths to feed.

      "I've got to put food on the table," he said.

      Simon sells phones and accessories at Simon's Phones on 705 West Pecan Boulevard in McAllen.

      It's a job that's tough to do when there are no phones to sell.

      "As soon as I got here, there were a couple of police cars in the front, police scattered on the sides and I noticed the door was completely shattered," he said.

      The break-in takes place early Friday morning at 2:30 am.

      Thieves gain entry into the business by using a chunk of rock to smash open the glass to the front door, according to Simon.

      He arrives to find 20 high dollar phones stolen.

      His estimates the losses at more than $4,000.

      He did not have insurance.

      Simon says he never saw it coming.

      "We had the phones around this area and everything was gone," he said.

      The rock used to break-in is left behind.

      Surveillance video from a store in the same shopping center shows the mad dash by suspects across the plaza after a cop on patrol spots the crime in progress.

      "I'm a hard working man for somebody to just come here and do this," he said.

      Simon says the cops have told him several other businesses in the area have been recently targeted as well.

      He hopes his story will encourage others to beef up their security like he has done.

      As for the thieves, Simon says he won't press charges if the phones are returned.

      Anyone with information on the case should contact McAllen Crime Stoppers at (956) 687-8477.

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