BROKEN BOW—EZ IT Solutions co-owners Travis Barker and Justin Coble stopped by the store Sunday evening to find the back door damaged and back area of the store in a state of disarray.
Coble was first to arrive at EZ IT and after seeing the broken-in back door, he called Barker. It appeared burglars forced through the back doors, tore through closets and desk drawers, dumped out a cooler, stole a mini fridge, the entire inventory of Viaero phones, some cash, and surveillance equipment, totaling around $30,000 in losses. Burglars avoided the storefront.
EZ IT provides services in web development, surveillance, security, and IT consulting. Barker says the situation is a bit ironic but he and Coble have a positive attitude regarding the break in and believe this incident will give them better insight for assisting customers in the future.
“I guess it really allows us to empathize with our customers. Because, you know, people come to us for security. And if you haven’t gone through that experience, you can try and assist your customers but I guess you think about all the downsides of it, but it’s actually a really positive experience for us because we can sympathize with our customers and it will also give us better insight,” Barker said.
EZ IT Solutions has been in business for a year and a half and at the current location on the square for six months. Computers Plus also reported a break in and the back door forced open. Owner Corey Clay was unavailable for comment at this time. Broken Bow Police Chief Steve Scott says the investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the EZ IT or Computers Plus break-ins should contact the Broken Bow Police Department at 308-872-6424.