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Shop hit by high-end camera heist believes its part of nationwide-ring

Columbus police are on the lookout for the suspect(s) responsible in high-end heist of cameras, lenses and cases in north Columbus. (WSYX/WTTE)

Columbus police are on the lookout for the suspect(s) responsible in high-end heist of cameras, lenses and cases in north Columbus.

Midwest Photo store officials said someone busted through a roof at their shop late Wednesday night, slid down a pipe in the store, then made off with the goods housed in a storage area. They believe more than one person was involved and were familiar with the store layout.

The whole scene was caught on surveillance images from store cameras.

"[It was] 'Mission Impossible' style. [It was a] really professional crew that knew what they were doing," said Midwest Photo president Moishe Appelbaum.

Appelbaum said he thinks the crime is part of a ring targeting similar camera equipment companies nationwide and believes the items stolen are now far outside the United States.

"This is the third camera store burglary overnight we've seen in the Midwest in the past week-and-a-half. This is a crew I believe is making their way across the country" Appelbaum said.

He added the hole in the roof allowed snow inside the store which caused an additional mess to clean up.

While police investigate, he said extra security crews have been brought in to keep an eye on the property.

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