People caught on camera during the July burglary of Backlight Gamez. | Courtesy Noddra Taylor
IDAHO FALLS – There have been no solid leads to identify three suspects who burglarized Backlight Gamez in July.
Just two weeks before the burglary at Planet Doom, Backlight Gamez owner Noddra Taylor says her store was also burglarized, and $3,000 worth of gaming equipment and merchandise was taken.
Backlight Gamez is on 540 2nd Street in Idaho Falls, around the corner from Planet Doom.
“I know for a fact that they stole over $3,000 worth of video games,” says Taylor. “We lost 2 Playstation 4s, a Nintendo Switch, all of our Nintendo 64 stuff, we lost an Xbox One X, an Oculus Quest (VR) 2 Headset and all of its accessories.”
Backlight Gamez has been open less than a year, with their first anniversary coming up in December. Since the burglary, Taylor and her husband have been struggling to keep the doors open.
One of the unidentified suspects in the burglary. | Courtesy Noddra Taylor
“We’re a small business, so it’s been really, really difficult,” says Taylor. “We had to take out a couple of different loans not only for a better security system, but to replace all of the stuff (that was stolen).”
Taylor says she even had to go back to working a full-time job in addition to owning the store in order to make rent and keep the store open.
“It’s been really rough. I had to go back to work at a full-time job in order to take care of our little dream,” says Taylor.
Taylor does not think that this burglary was connected to the Planet Doom incident but says it’s a possibility.
“It could’ve been one of the same people, but you never know,” says Taylor.
Anyone with information regarding the suspects’ identities or other information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the Idaho Falls Police Department by calling (208) 529-1200 or East Idaho Crime Stoppers. Click here.
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