BARTLETT, TN (WMC) - The mother of a St. Jude patient is still shaken up after her photography studio was broken into last week.
Bartlett police are investigating the robbery that happened last Thursday on Kirby Whitten Parkway.
Ashley Parker told police that she returned to her studio to find the front door had been pried open.
The suspect took cameras, lenses, a television and tools valued at nearly $3,000.
The photographers believe Friday's studio break-in wasn't completely random. They have a hunch the person behind the crime was familiar with this building.
Parker's now 12-year-old daughter Bailey brought the family to Memphis six years ago. Bailey was 5 and a St. Jude patient receiving treatment for her kidney cancer.
“We just decided to stay and that’s when I finished school at Union university and started the photography business by taking pictures at home,” Parker said.
That hobby turned business now keeps Parker and her studio partner Emily Bohrman busy.
On Friday evening, Parker was opening up the studio for a newborn photo session when she and her son noticed something off.
“It was like I didn’t even notice the door open at first there were some wood specs, there was a tool on the floor and I was like this looks weird,” Parker said. “And I was like, oh my God the door is open.”
Inside there was no mess left behind by the burglar who pried open locked doors, but cameras, lenses, a tablet, and random things like tools and a hot glue gun were all missing.
The neighboring doctor's office told Bartlett investigators it's possible one of their patients may have been responsible for the crime.
According to the police report, a patient was seen wandering the building during the time of the burglary and had previously stolen from their office.
“It is heartbreaking really because we don’t make a lot of money honestly,” Bohrman said. “And a lot of the money that we do make goes right back into the business. So, to have it hit like this is traumatizing.”
The two women say they simply want their equipment back, so they can get back to do what they love.
This is an ongoing investigation.
If you have any information contact Bartlett police.