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KWWL Exclusive: Thieves target struggling supermarket, future unknown


A struggling Waterloo grocery store might be forced to close its doors after thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes, liquor and food.

The owners of Byron Supermarket have no idea how thieves were able to open the locked doors of their store Friday night.

Shaista Yasmeen said her husband locked the store Friday night; she said surveillance cameras show a man entering the store through the doors at about 11:27 p.m.

According to Yasmeen, he stole cigarettes and then came back with another man 7 or 8 different times.

"Cigarette, liquor, wine, pops, chips...they tried to take everything," she said.

Yasmeen told KWWL in an exclusive interview that she was already struggling to make ends meet.

She said she doesn't know how she'll make up for what she believes to be thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods.

"I have no idea how we're going to make it," she said.

Customers hope the thieves turn themselves in.

"They need to be put in jail," said Latanya Boothe of Waterloo.

"At the end of the day, you're not hurting her, you're hurting yourself because not only can you not go in her store, you're not going to be able to go in no grocery store or any clothing store because you're going to belabeledd as a thief," said Boothe.

As of late Saturday evening, Waterloo Police were continuing to investigate the burglary; an officer told KWWL no arrests had been made.

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