CARLE PLACE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A burglary at a yoga studio was caught on camera early Sunday on Long Island.
Police say a man broke into Hot Yoga 4 You on Voice Road in Carle Place by smashing the front glass door.
Surveillance cameras then captured the suspect jimmying open the register and taking out fistfuls of cash before taking off on foot.
As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, the thief was caught on video for all to see, in a bizarre and elaborate disguise.
Workers scrambled to secure the cracked glass door outside the studio on Monday, as staff tried to carry on a regular set of classes — all were shaken up by the brazen smash and grab break-in.
“He just seemed so comfortable, it’s like he knew exactly what he wanted to do, he had gloves on,” Rowan Nasr said.
Nasr said cameras captured the thief rifling through the cash register while wearing an unusual makeshift, beekeeper-like mask.
“He had a doo-rag thing on, and it was covering his face, and we were like ‘wow, we can’t see his face,” Nasr said, ” But then he literally lifts up the mask, and you see this much of his face, you get a look at his profile.”
In fact, detectives were able to get a very close up and very clear look at the thief, despite his attempts at a fool proof mask.
Empoyees just shook their heads, dumbfounded by the dumb mistake.
“We were like, what are you doing? You had it all good there, and he just lifts the thing up,” Nasr said.
As yoga enthusiasts sidestepped the door reconstruction, they said the very calm and peace they seek in their sessions has been shattered.
“I feel terrible, they invaded my hot yoga place,” Tammy said.
The staff said the now unmasked thief was in a hurry, and took off with just a few hundred dollars, ignoring expensive equipment nearby including several laptops.
Meanwhile detectives have been running the closeup photo through crime banks to see if they can identify the not altogether masked suspect.
The suspect has been described as a Hispanic man, about 5’10” with an average build. He was wearing jeans, a light colored t-shirt, and a baseball hat.
Detectives ask that anyone with information about the incident get in touch with the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.