ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - During a string of smash-and-grab burglaries overnight, thieves stole pricey blown-glass pipes -- one worth $4,000 -- and other valuables from five smoke shops and head shops in Englewood and Denver.
Englewood police say they suspect two burglaries and one attempted burglary in that city are related, because of their timing, proximity and method -- crooks threw rocks through stores windows, grabbed some pipes and took off.
About 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, burglars hit Heady Glass Gallery, a smoke shop at 324 W. Hampden Ave. in Englewood.
A surveillance video shows three young men toss at least two big rocks through a storefront window, kick out shattered glass and rush into the store as security alarm lights flash.
The men run across the store, leap over a counter and grab thousands of dollars worth of glass pipes, including a $4,000 blown-glass pipe made in Germany. Then they leapt back over the counter and run out.
Heady Glass owner Chris Keller said Englewood police arrived within 30 seconds of the alarm, but the quick-striking crooks were gone. The men were wearing bandanas covering their face.
"It was brazen," Keller told 7NEWS reporter Lindsey Sablan. "They went straight for these shelves, knew exactly what they were getting ... and they were out."
The owner said he suspects a group of young people matching the description of the males in the surveillance video who came into the store right before closing time on Tuesday. Something about the young men struck employees as wrong and the group mentioned they were going to multiple smoke shops that day, Keller said.
Now, the owner says he has to pay about $1,000 to replace the big window and hundreds of dollars more to repair a chipped concrete floor. He's also spending money to beef up his security system.
"It's appalling," he said. 'It's hard to believe they don't have remorse for the people out there."
"When things like this happen, it affects not only taxpayers and communities, it affects people like me, small business owners," Keller said. "It directly affects putting food in our mouths and paying for our rent and paying for places that give our employees jobs. It's frustrating."
Heady Glass has a developed a national reputation for its handcrafted glass products, including blown-glass pipes made at the store and others made by artists around the world.
At 3:56 a.m., thieves smashed a window at Smoke Signals, located at 2880 S. Broadway in Englewood and stole at least 10 pipes, police said.
At 4:01 a.m., thieves unsuccessfully tried to break into Headed West at 4811 S. South Broadway in Englewood, police said.
Earlier in the morning, someone smashed a window at Purple Haze Smoke Shop at 1355 Santa Fe Drive in Denver and stole a laptop and an unknown number of pipes, an employee told 7NEWS.
About 3 a.m., someone tried to break into another Purple Haze store at 1951 S. Broadway in Denver. The crook struck a store window, inflicting spider-web cracks in the glass, but the burglar didn't get through the window.