Claudia Gonzalez' sense of security was shattered Monday morning when a suspect broke into her tire shop located in the 700 block of Cupples Road.

Based on images captured on the shop's surveillance cameras, the man spent nearly an hour prowling around the shop before using some tools to hot wire an ATV and then driving off with it.

"The ATV was worth about $7,000," Gonzalez said. "It was purchased last year so we were still actually making payments on it."

A short time after the thief is seen leaving on the ATV, he returned on foot and attempted to break into the office. He's briefly seen on camera making nice with the shop's security dog before setting of the alarm when he climbed into the office through a window.

"It just really scares you, because he has no fear for being caught," Gonzalez said. "Even after the alarm goes off he walks off calmly and turns off our power."

The man took off before officers arrived but the cameras captured some good images of his face.

Gonzalez printed up some flyers and put them up in local businesses hoping someone will recognize the man so she can rest easy again.

"We're up in the middle of the night checking the cameras because we're able to check them from home," Gonzalez said. "We just check them to make sure no one is there, we check them again and check them again."

Gonzalez thought having a video surveillance system and alarm would be enough to keep the criminals out of her store, but after this break-in they've added burglar bars to the doors and windows as an extra layer of security to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"To anyone else who wants to come and do anything here, just be aware that there is extra security and you will be caught and we will prosecute," Gonzalez said.

The business is offering a $1,000 reward to help catch the crook.

"We're just hoping that someone is able to identify him, even if we don't recover the stolen property, at least some justice can be done," Gonzalez said.

If you have any information about the suspect or the whereabouts of the stolen ATV you are asked to contact the San Antonio Police Department at 210-207-7273.

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IMAGES: ATV theft caught on camera

Published On: Oct 31 2013 03:00:51 AM CDT

Images of a theft suspect stealing an ATV from a West Side business.

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