$5K worth of fireworks stolen from Castleton pop-up store

INDIANAPOLIS - Just days before the Fourth of July, burglars hit a seasonal store in Castleton and stole nearly $5,000 worth of fireworks.

The burglary happened just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday when the thieves used a power saw to cut through a steel wall to gain entry into the back of the store. Police said the crime was caught on the store's surveillance camera.

The owner, Tim Vielee, said he wants a quick arrest and restitution.

"I got a gun permit. If (it happened) while I was here, I would have shot him," Vielee said.

Surveillance video captured the image of at least one of thieves inside the store. There are four cameras strategically placed in the store. The bandits didn't go after run-of-the-mill fireworks, they went after the high-end material, RTV6's Derrik Thomas reported.

Shopper Jarrett Carrico said he sympathizes with Viele.

"It's unfortunate. Seasonal stores like this are only open during certain times of the year. It's a very unfortunate situation for the business owner. It's frustrating for customers because this could make the prices go up," Carrico said.

Viele said he is hoping that someone will recognize the person seen in the surveillance video and call police.
 

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