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E-cigarette business targeted twice in a year

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DANIA BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are hoping newly-released surveillance video will help them locate the person or people responsible for a break-in at a Dania Beach warehouse, the second time the business has been targeted by burglars in less than a year.

The latest break-in took place Sunday night at E-Cigarette Wholesale, located at 2050 Tigertail Blvd. in Dania Beach. "I got a call from the sheriff, Dania sheriff this morning to tell me someone broke into my business," said business owner Talor Zafrir.

When Zafrir arrived at the warehouse, she found a gaping hole in the wall and boxes of e-cigarettes and the nicotine liquid scattered on the floor.

Surveillance video shows one thief grabbing one box after another inside the warehouse. At one point, the perpetrator is captured stepping on a table to grab even more merchandise.

Zafrir said the subject crawled on the floor at several points to avoid setting off a motion detector alarm. "It's probably someone who knew what's in here, somebody that knew where the cameras are located, where the motion detectors are located," said manager Asi Darmon

Monday afternoon, workers began repairing the damage to the warehouse walls as Broward Sheriff's Office detectives conducted their investigation.

Zafrir said she believes her business was targeted because e-cigarettes are under high demand and cost between $30 and $100 dollars each.

Detectives believe the thief used a truck to crash through the walls of the business. According to Darmon, the thief caught on camera was in the warehouse between 6 and 8 hours, which allowed him to steal at least $300,000 worth of e-cigarettes and liquid.

Zafrir said the company, which supplies 3,000 stores across the country, has taken a huge hit. "I have no idea yet. I think it's between, I believe, I can assume, between $300,000 to a half million," she said. "This time, it's big."

"I am out of stock, I cannot provide merchandise to customers, and they probably need their merchandise," Zafrir continued. They are going to get it from other suppliers."

According to Zafrir, Sunday night's incident marks the second time in less than a year that the business has been targeted. A store in Oakland Park was burglarized in October 2013.

"We are a small business trying to make it, and it's just putting us back now, a year back to restart and restock everything, which is very sad," said Darmon.

If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

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