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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - It's business as usual at the Spartan Liquor Store on Tuesday after a thief broke in late Monday night.

"He hopped up here, grabbed two bottles, grabbed a gun, grabbed his pints, hopped up over here and left," said Natosha Douglas, employee at Spartan Liquor.

Douglas closed the store last night at 9 p.m.

Just two hours after she left, a thief broke into the store.

Workers say it was a lot of effort, and the thief got little to show for it.

Two $18 bottles of vodka and an old shot-gun that were sitting next to a laptop computer and the cash register.

"My whole thing is: why? Over a gun and two pints of liquor," Douglas said.

An uneasy feeling for this small Midwest City business.

"Violated, yes. Because I usually work in here by myself," Douglas said.

And, customers feel bad for their neighborhood liquor store.

"It's a shame, you know? I feel bad for them. It's not needed," said Richard Taylor.

Spartan Liquor is offering a $500 cash reward.

The owner is more concerned with meeting the person who took from him than getting his belongings back.

"I'm in an industry with a lot of idiots, so we run into that from time to time," said Josh Barrett, owner of Spartan Liquor. "I hope they bring him to me before they take him to jail."

If you have any information, call Midwest City police.