WICHITA, Kan. -- After moving to Wichita, Kan. from Los Angeles, Calif. 15 years ago, Eduardo Mora and his wife, Maria, worked hard to become business owners.
"I always wanted to be my own boss," Eduardo said.
That hard work paid off when they bought the La Tapatia market on S. Seneca St. two years ago.
They had not experienced a break-in until early Thursday morning when a burglar dealt them a major blow.
The burglar stole their cash register and did damage that will set the store back more than $600.
Just last weekend, burglars stole thousands of dollars of computer equipment from their next door neighbor, Robtronic. What's worse, Eduardo says, is they don't believe the same people are responsible for both burglaries.
These and other burglaries in the area have put businesses along S. Seneca on high-alert.
"It just gets you worried," Eduardo's son Christian said.
Christian is one of the Mora's six children. He helps out at the store a few days a week. Because of his strong English, the family asked that he speak on its behalf.
Christian walked KAKE News through the store's surveillance video.
The video shows a Chevy pull up outside the store around 1:20 a.m. Thursday. The car parks parallel to the front of the store. A man gets out and peers through the front door of the market and then paces around.
"He would just look around back and forth to see if cars were coming," Christian said.
After a couple minutes of moving things around his car, the man finally grabs a tool from the front seat and makes his move, smashing out the glass of the front door.
Once inside, he's caught on camera pulling a mask over his face and heading straight for the cash register.
"He didn't hesitate, he just grabbed it and took off right then and there," Christian said.
The stolen register cost the Mora's $200 to replace. Inside the register was about $120. The damaged door also cost several hundred dollars to replace.
With all that loss, the market won't make any money this week, Eduardo said.
Saturday afternoon, just steps away, staff at Robtronic were still cleaning up from the break in at their store last week.
But they, like the Mora family, are fighting back. Saturday, they began to install metal bars on the front door. They say they're also looking into motion-sensor lighting that would help provide for better surveillance video.
The Mora family says that's what they hope more local businesses will do after hearing their story.
"For any other people who have businesses out there, tighten down security, know what's going on and keep a heads up," Christian Mora said. "Anything can happen."