By Gus Saltonstall
A family-run market on the Upper West Side was broken into Tuesday morning after getting its door shattered, according to police and the owner of the store.
A man broke into Han’s Family Market at 2501 Broadway, at the corner of West 93rd Street, sometime between midnight and 7 a.m., before removing the cash register and fleeing the scene, police said.
“When I got here and saw the broken door this morning, it felt like my heart skipped a beat,” Joe Han, the owner of the longtime local store, told West Side Rag. “I have CCTV footage of the whole incident and it was kind of comical watching the thief struggle with the register cord, it took him a few minutes to rip it out.”
The NYPD spokesperson did not immediately have a description of the suspect, but given that Han had a camera inside the store, authorities should have details on the burglar’s appearance soon.
“Everyone is very sympathetic to the situation, saying that they feel sorry and wondering if I was going to open later today,” Han added.
He was able to get the store reopened by 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Han has worked and operated the store since 1998, when he took over from his mother.
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