Antique LA watchmaker in shock after burglary, damage to shop he’s owned for 40 years

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PICO-ROBERTSON, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Hooshmand Talasazan’s Pico-Robertson antique watch shop is his lifelong passion. Early Sunday morning, two burglary suspects attempted to destroy what he built.

“All my life I’ve loved my business. I’ve always loved my hobby,” Talasazan said.

This isn’t the first time Talasazan’s shop has been robbed.

The suspects knew what they were doing, smashing through the surveillance camera, breaking through the security gate and smashing crates, stealing more than $30,000 worth of items.

The shop not only sells rare watches and pocket watches, but also locks that Talasazan brought to the United States when he immigrated from Iran. He’s had this shop for 40 years.

“Not for the money. But it was very, very difficult to collect these things. It wasn’t easy – 45, 50 years ago I started collecting and immediately I lost everything,” said Talasazan.

The community is heartbroken by the burglary.

“It was so heartbreaking for me personally,” said Menachem Kashanian, who worships at the synagogue next to the watch shop. “Although I’m not a customer, I’m a member of the community who always says hello to him. He’s sitting here. It’s his hobby. It’s his passion. It’s ingrained in him.”

“When you see him he loves to say hello to everyone. Good heart. And I just saw him start crying, older guy to tear up, I feel like he’s my grandpa. An old Iranian. It’s his passion. I had to do something.”

Kashanian found Talasazan early Sunday morning outside his store in shock, surrounded by broken glass.

“We live in a community where there is so much love, but at the same time people come from outside the community to attack us,” Kashanian said.

Kashanian and other members of his congregation began to clean up and launched a gofundme page.

“I love all these people and thank you so much for your support,” Talasazan said.

Another watch store in the area had its cameras spray-painted early on Sunday, but Talasazan’s store was the only one the burglars had access to.

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