San Diego police are investigating a series of recent commercial robberies in La Jolla and whether they are related. In some cases, thieves targeted cash registers and safes inside stores after hours.
In recent weeks, two businesses on the 1200 block of Prospect Street and one on Fay Avenue have been targeted by what police believe to be the same robbery.
Police Lieutenant Paul Phillips said, “The proximity of the two suspects and the video evidence involved allows us to believe they are all three of these suspects.” At both locations we were able to cut open the safes and extract the contents.Faye’s location did not have a safe.We will have the results from the lab to see if this helps identify the suspects involved. I’ll be waiting.”
In these and other recent robberies, thieves used pry bars to open the front and back doors, Phillips said.
Beard Papa’s Pastry Shop at 7874 Girard Avenue, at around 5 a.m. on February 20, someone broke the lockbox outside the door of the shop, stole the key, and used it to open the shop. said store manager Natalie Nguyen.
“He went straight to the register and then booked it,” she said.
She had no descriptive information about the thief other than that he was in his “late twenties.”
“We had to close the shop for two days because we couldn’t even open the front door,” Nguyen said. “Employees now have personal keys so I hope it doesn’t happen again. I haven’t seen anyone around since.”
The Flower Pot Cafe and Bakery at 7530 Fay Avenue was also robbed after hours. The culprits had undisclosed cash, but “fortunately they didn’t break anything and it could have been worse,” co-owner Amanda Morrow said. I got
“They broke in and looted and moved in and out pretty fast. Never in a good mood, but I’m trying to look on the bright side, but there have been worse.”
Another case was reported at Block 7900 on Herschel Avenue, Phillips said.
Jewelry was photographed in an unspecified location. Police are working to determine if the robbery was related to other robberies.
The thief is still being searched, but detectives have identified a vehicle that may have been used in the getaway. “A gray SUV with big silver rims, probably an Infiniti.”
Police Lieutenant Brian Brecht told La Jolla City Council on March 9: So I would like to finish that series. “
Police say as part of the investigation, patrols are kept up-to-date on crime and spend as much time as possible checking areas where robberies occur.
Phillips says businesses can protect themselves by:
• Leave as little cash as possible at the cash register or elsewhere in your business
• Hide the safe as much as possible
• Install or add a video camera
• Ensuring on-site security
“It’s an advantage to do something to make forced entry difficult,” he said.
Representatives of the La Jolla Village Merchants Association la jolla lights They were not informed of the recent invasion. However, when similar thefts surged in late 2021 and early 2022, the board updated its strategic plan to add safety and security elements so it could discuss ways to make merchants safer. I made it
The group also promised to work with the San Diego Police Department to improve communications between businesses to catch and deter thieves.
— Elisabeth Frausto, staff writer at La Jolla Light, contributed to this report. ◆