Police: Daytona Beach burglars cased antiques store before robbery



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A couple of burglars first posed as customers and then stole jewelry from a Volusia County antiques store, police said.

Police said the burglaries happened at Nicole's Antique Mall, on North Beach Street on Daytona Beach.

Surveillance video shows the burglars were in a hurry and didn't do a great job of disguising themselves. Video shows two men breaking in from the back and making their way to the front of the store.

They then smashed owner Willard Bodeker's jewelry case and stole valuables.

"You almost feel like giving up because I work hard to find these pieces and display them; you know, the cost to operate this place," Bodeker said.

Daytona Beach police believe they are the same men shown on video earlier in the day and said they could have been pretending to shop around while checking the store for valuables.

They said one man wore the same shirt and shorts during the burglary as a man seen earlier in the day on surveillance.

Bodeker agrees with detectives and said the burglars missed some things.

"They knew exactly what they were doing. They cased the place, but what's surprising is after they broke the case, the pieces that they took were not the most expensive," Bodeker said.

Bodeker estimates he took a loss of $3,000.