Green Brook police are investigating a Monday morning break-in at the Wonderland Smoke Shop, on Route 22, after a burglar alarm in the business was activated at about 6:42 a.m.
Police said surveillance cameras captured a small vehicle pulling up to a parking spot in front of the store at 6:38 a.m., with a single person in the vehicle. After about four minutes, the driver exited the car and approached the store while covering his face to prevent the cameras from identifying him.
The driver then began beating on the right-hand side of the store's double-door with what appeared to be a hammer—when the glass didn't break, the driver then moved to the left-hand door, and broke the glass.
The door was barricaded by a wooden display case, which was pushed over. The driver then quickly ran to the store's display of smokeless "vaporizers" and began dumping them into a white bag.
He then exited the store, put the bag in the passenger side of the vehicle and fled, heading west on Route 22.
Police said the store owner wasn't able to immediately determine the value of the vaporizers taken. They also noted the store was broken into on Jan. 1 of this year.
The driver was described as a white male, with a thin physique, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and dark colored sweatpants.