Burglary at Local Record Shop

Arroyo Records in Highland Park was burglarized during the thunderstorm Wednesday morning.

PHOTO: Kasper Tobias | South Pasadenan.com News | Arroyo Records in Highland Park

At approximately 4:00 AM yesterday, as the twilight skies were being illuminated by lightning and the sounds of thundered roared, Arroyo Records, in Highland Park on York Blvd. was being burglarized.

The suspect, who could only be described as a “tall skinny guy with a funny walk” cut the exterior gate lock with bolt cutters and possibly smashed in the door handle with the bolt cutters he used on the gate. He entered the premise and took stacks of mostly $8 records from bins that were close to the door, which mostly consisted of Electronica, Blues, Latin and a few other genres. He piled them into 2 separate rolling trash cans. Exterior footage shows the suspect wheeling the two cans until he was out of view of the camera.

PHOTO: Kasper Tobias | South Pasadenan.com News | Arroyo Records in Highland Park

“They didn’t know what they were taking. They took $8 records when they could have taken $200 records off the wall”, Daniel, owner of the record store, says with a chuckle. Despite being broken into and having his records stolen, he remains optimistic about the event.

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As many customers came in and gave their condolences, Daniel greeted everyone with a smile and said “It could have been worse”. He remains steadfast and smiles telling the story of opening the store and seeing that someone came in and stole what he had carefully curated for other music lovers to enjoy.

PHOTO: Kasper Tobias | South Pasadenan.com News | Arroyo Records in Highland Park

Daniel said he is” amping up” his security system and looks at this event as an opportunity to take on more security measures to ensure that he won’t have to go through a
break in like this again.