Central Fresno tattoo shop customers become theft victims

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A Central Fresno tattoo and body piercing business is trying to fend off car burglars. For two nights in a row, customers have become victims of break-ins. (KFSN)

A Central Fresno tattoo and body piercing business is trying to fend off car burglars. For two nights in a row, customers have become victims of break-ins.

The shop is called Most Wanted Tattoos but lately it's attracting the most wanted thieves. Surveillance cameras show what's happening in the parking lot while customers are inside getting tattoos and piercings.

The first of the month always brings big crowds to Most Wanted Tattoos. Super Bowl Sunday was no different. The shop was especially busy with women getting piercings. Meanwhile in the parking lot, they were getting ripped off.

"As a business owner, we want our customers to feel safe. They are safe inside here, of course, but outside, they leave their most valuable things," said Augie Rubio, owner of Most Wanted Tattoos.

Rubio says the thieves even said "hi" to the female customers after they got out of their SUV. Moments after they step inside the tattoo shop, you can see the thieves lurking in the parking lot. One acts as a lookout, watching the door of the business, while the other one makes one trip after another, collecting valuables.

Twenty-four hours later, on Monday night, there is a similar car burglary, only this thief has a phone up to his ear and is meandering around the parking lot while an accomplice takes armfuls of stolen items from another car.

"Everything that happens in the parking lot, I go to my surveillance. You can see right there what's going on. It's different people, different times, different cars. You know it's not one person, it's a whole lot of people out there," said Rubio.

Tattoo shops are an easy target, since many customers are inside receiving services for an extended period of time. But, in watching the surveillance video, it's clear there's one thing the thieves aren't doing while they are scoping out and stealing.

"They're not breaking windows at all. There hasn't been one broken window in this area in years. It's always people leaving their cars open," said Rubio.

Every car ransacked isn't locked. Rubio hopes the crime trend doesn't frighten away customers, but he does want them to know they will be victims if they aren't protecting their valuables.

"It does suck that they leave and it's like a stab in the back," said Rubio.

The business owner doesn't have any security guards, and he says policing the parking lot is difficult. He is hoping customers leave valuables at home or bring them inside with them.

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