GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -
Two local business owners are still picking up the pieces after having both their stores on 1938 N. 1st Street were burglarized Wednesday night.
One of the shops is temporarily out of business because of the event.
When Robert Campbell got a call saying his tattoo shop may have been broken into, he rushed right over.
"First thing I noticed was all the drawers in my front desk had been pulled out, all the paperwork and all our drawings and everything had been strewn about," said Campbell, owner of First Issue Studio.
As he made his way into the backroom he made another devastating discovery.
"All of our tattoo machines, all our power supplies, our ink sets, some needles and tubes, all the basic tools that we need in order to perform our job had been taken from us, which shuts us down," said Campbell.
For the staff at First Issue Studio, this not only means they can't do what they love, they say it will effect that ones they love.
"How am I going to feed my family? How am I going to take care of my family?" Campbell said.
They weren't the only ones affected by the thieves.
"It's more than just a store to us," said Robert Moore of his shop, Top 5 Comics, located just two doors down from First Issue Studio.
Both owners believe a hammer was also stolen from First Issue Studio and used to break into Top 5 Comics.
More than $900 was stolen out of the cash register, much of the merchandise was damaged and many small electronics were stolen.
"I can't even imagine the type of person who would choose to do this," said Moore.
More than that, a camera and several hard drives filled with hours of footage that was near and dear to the owners' hearts was also taken.
"A lot of irreplaceable memories and things that we've been working on," said Moore, "a TV show we were working on, all kinds of performances and unique events that you just can't replace, you can never replace them and that's one of the hugest things that was stolen. They basically stole our memories."
"That's the heart breaker right there," said Campbell, "us here, we can replace the stuff that was taken, they can't."
Authorities are still investigating the crime and are asking anyone with information on either of the burglaries to call Crime Stoppers at 970-241-STOP.
Campbell has set up a way to donate funds to get the business running again through his Facebook page. Search "Robbie Campbell Tattoos" or Click Here