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Oakland business owner moves to Alabama after break-in

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Last month we introduced Derek Thoms at KRON4. He moved to Alabama from the Bay Area this summer.

He moved because his family-owned laundromat in the East Bay was constantly being burgled and stolen. Several of his laundromats have been sold since our story aired, but break-ins continue to occur in those that are still open.

On August 31st, vandals broke into Derek Thom’s East Oakland laundromat. He was able to see the break-in happening in real time through security cameras and called 911. Police arrived but no arrests were made or even attempted.

Around midnight, security cameras caught three vandals breaking into a laundromat on International Boulevard in East Auckland. Even if pedestrians pass by, they escape with the ATM being carried to the car outside.

Derek Thoms says his East Oakland Business was targeted not just once, but twice in the same night. Five hours later, cameras caught the other two trolling business, bolting laptops to their hands.

Thom’s security system alerted him to the break-in and he called 911. Thoms tells his KRON4: I’m not surprised they didn’t track them down. You are just assuming that these people are trying to escape. What if we at least turn on the lights? ”

When asked about their tracking policy, Oakland Police told KRON 4: The suspect is likely to have a firearm. ”

According to OPD, the Aug. 31 robbery did not justify a vehicle chase. Thoms tells his KRON4: The man on the street didn’t even try to run to the car and grab the man. ”

Toms doesn’t blame the police, but says the real problem lies in crime policies in Oakland and California. That’s why I moved.

“Until people actually make the right decisions and decide to imprison those who deserve it, things will continue to get worse,” said Thoms. He tells his KRON4 that he has postponed the sale of the remaining five coins of his laundry due to taxes.

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But he thinks it might be time to sell, given the recent break-ins. “It won’t be long before it happens again,” he says.

According to Thom’s, insurance typically covers most, but not all, of the damages and losses incurred during each break-in. He estimates he has spent about $100,000 this year.