A burglar "smashed and grabbed" as many vaporizer pens and water pipes as possible before fleeing the Santa Clara Smoke Shop early Tuesday morning, a store employee said.
The burglar caused $3,000 to $4,000 in damage after smashing the shop's front window and stealing items just after 5:15 a.m., said Ray Slason, who works at the shop and whose wife owns the west Eugene business on River Road.
"They took as many (items) as they could sink in their backpacks," Slason said.
"It's a real bummer," he said. It's the first time the business had been burglarized since opening 31/2 years ago, he said.
Eugene police as yet do not have any suspects or leads, spokesman John Hankemeier said, but have talked to some witnesses from neighboring businesses.
The burglar also broke a display cabinet in the business and stole pipes created by local artists.
The shop announced on Facebook that it was closed on Tuesday because of the break-in.
Slason said the burglar broke the window, then unlocked the front door. The security system automatically went off, but the business's surveillance cameras were not recording, he said.
An employee earlier this week accidentally unplugged the cameras while vacuuming the store, and the security cameras weren't reset, he said.
"We're about to change the whole system," Slason said.
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