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Pierre Perea, owner of Street Gamz in Forsyth County, steps into his gaming RV. The business was robbed of nearly everything in November, but is getting back on its feet.
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January 15, 2013FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Pierre Perea, a small business owner in the county, walked into his shop and everything was gone.
Perea and Randy Huskins own a mobile video game operation called Street Gamz.
The morning of Nov. 4, Perea and Huskins found they were robbed of almost their entire inventory.
The men own two recreational vehicles equipped with more than 10,000 Xbox and Wii video games, flat-screen televisions and Xbox and Wii gaming systems. The duo brings the mobile entertainment just about anywhere. And the best part, Perea says, "It never gets rained out."
According to a Forsyth County Sheriff's incident report, sometime between 10 p.m. Nov. 3 and 9 a.m. Nov. 4, someone entered the Street Gamz RVs, parked at 3531 Peachtree Parkway, and stole five televisions, 11 Wii Game systems, 11 Xbox systems and 300 Xbox games. The database of the systems contained 10,000 additional games.
"It was heartbreaking," Perea said of the discovery.
According to the report, the stolen items are valued at $15,800. Perea estimates the total loss and impact the theft had on his business is about $30,000.
No arrests have been made in the case, but investigators do have suspects, Perea said.
Business was booming before the robbery, but being left with no games, gaming systems or televisions, Street Gamz was forced to cancel parties and events during the holiday season, which created a loss of income.
The robbery did give Street Gamz the opportunity to see the good in the community, Perea said. Local businesses have reached out to them including Top Tier Automotive, who offered them a free, secure place to store the RVs when they are not being used.
Street Gamz is back on the road and ready to host parties and events, Perea said.
Their RVs cater to boys and girls of all ages.
"I can have a dad with his 2-year-old bouncing on his lap playing Mario Kart on the right TV and on the left TV, he can be playing Call of Duty Special Ops with the boys," Perea said. "And then down below that, I have girls playing Guitar Hero or a dancing game."
Perea said Street Gamz is looking forward to getting back on its feet. They are also looking for experienced gamers and RV drivers to assist with events.
For information, call 1-800-294-4269 or visit www.streetgamz.com.