Norfolk skate shop broken into while the owner was on vacation


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — For the last year and a half, Michael Merritt has put everything into opening Siren Skate Shop in Norfolk.

It’s just around the corner from a local skate park.

“I’ve been working nonstop for the past year and a half getting the business open from the first day. I opened with a small stack of skateboards to what it is now,” said Merritt. 

He says this past weekend was the first time since opening the shop that he was able to take a vacation — one that was interrupted when he learned someone broke into his shop.

His security cameras captured it all.

“They were in pretty quickly and out with the four skateboards and a bicycle,” he said.

He says they were able to recover the stolen bike, but these four skate boards are still missing.

He’s hoping their interesting designs will be enough for someone to recognize.

“It was around $1,200 in value,” he said.

Merritt still has to pay for his glass door that was shattered during the break-in.

He started sharing what happened on social media, hoping to reach as many people as possible.

“Hopefully someone will see them and notify police,” Merritt said.

Merritt believes there were two people at his business that night, one inside and another standing watch outside.

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