SAN JOSE (CBS 5) — Thieves recently stole computer hard drives worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from a San Jose tech firm. While police said they don’t have the manpower to investigate, company officials hope surveillance video will lead to the robbers.

Surveillance video showed the driver of a white van at the offices of RunCore in North San Jose on Saturday.

“It seems like he knows exactly what he’s doing,” said Perry Do, Director of Sales & Operations at RunCore.

Five minutes later, the thief drives off with half a million dollars in stolen disk drives, according to Do.

“After speaking to (the police), to be honest, I don’t have that much confidence in terms of the case being solved quickly. And time is of the essence,” Do said.

Perry said someone opened the doors to his company and made off with nearly 2,000 solid-state disk drives for laptops, worth about $250 each.

San Jose Police dusted for fingerprints, but then told him it would take up to a year-and-a-half to get results.

“It’s very frustrating and very disappointing,” said Do. “Given the fact that we’re losing a lot of money, a substantial amount, it hurts.”

Sgt. Jason Dwyer of the San Jose Police Department said because of officer layoffs and years of department cutbacks, the department is focused on solving violent crimes first.

“This is the new normal for now. Hopefully we do grow out of it,” Dwyer said. “Even though we are in a crunch, we have some of the most proactive, some of the most professional, some of the most skilled officers in the Bay Area, if not the country.”

Company officials told CBS 5 they won’t plan to press charges if the disk drives are returned.

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