GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - First Issue Tattoo and Top 5 Comics received an early morning call that their stores had been burglarized in the middle of the night.
"We got down here this morning, windows smashed in, things in general disarray," said Steve Moore, co-owner of Top 5 Comics.
But for these businesses, it was about more than the material possessions.
"They took my livelihood," said Robert Campbell, owner of First Issue Tattoo. "They took what I use to feed my family. I have two young children, a six-year-old and an eleven-month-old. This is how I pay the bills."
"They stole my memories," said Robert Moore, co-owner of Top 5 Comics. "They stole things that will never be gotten back, never the way that they were before, and that's I think the worst part."
For Campbell, he has spent years in the artistry and tattoo business. He waited ten years for an apprenticeship at Apex Tattoos, and now that he owns his own place, nothing will stop his passion.
"I've been going hard, trying to be the best that I can be," he said. "That's my thing, I want to be the best. Something like this won't stop me, but it is a little bit of a speed bump."
While both businesses suffered great amounts of loss, a few things that were most important hit home the most.
"There was a couple of books that got damaged, and general cash on hand, but the main thing that got stolen from us is video footage from a show that we've been making," said Robert Moore.
He and Steve have been working on an independent television show, and all of their footage from the past month was on a hard drive.
Meanwhile, Campbell will be unable to continue business because of his loss.
"They took custom one-of-a-kind tattoo machines, machines that had been made specially for me and my partner."
He and his family are in the process of picking up the pieces, but they say any sort of help would be great.
"I don't care if you want to come in and prepay for a tattoo, or if you just want to give a donation," said Campell. "I need to be able to pay my bills and buy the stuff to replace what was taken, so that way I can continue to do this."
First Issue Tattoo was just weeks away from getting business insurance, and Top 5 Comics has insurance but is unsure of the amount of damage that will be covered.
Grand Junction police are investigating the burlaries, but anyone with information with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 241-STOP.
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