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Burglars cut open walls, safe at Point Loma grocery store

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Surveillance video shows a break-in at a popular Point Loma grocery store, leaving behind a path of destruction.

Just before midnight Saturday night at Jensen’s Foods, video shows someone in the employee break room who didn’t belong there.

The masked man in the yellow safety vest seems to be communicating with an accomplice, not visible on the screen.

In the minutes preceding, it is believed that they opened a safe and opened the mall’s electrical room, before breaking through a wall.

When they reached the break room, the intruder partially covered the camera with a shirt.

About 40 minutes later, a camera in the adjoining office shows him opening the wall.

By not entering through the office door, the intruders did not trigger the motion sensor or security alarm.

“High on the wall, the motion director pointed to the door,” said Adam Zack, co-owner of Jensen’s Foods. “On the other side of the wall, they cut the safe.”

Nearly two and a half hours after the intruder was first seen, the door to the large office safe opens.

“You see the room is shaking a bit, so he used some kind of power tool… somehow he opened it up,” Zack said.

From the next room, the thief searches the safe and grabs several thousand dollars and some gift cards, before fleeing.

The total loss is much more.

“In damages, having to get a new safe, nearly $10,000,” Zack said.

Zack now hopes his video will track down the burglars, preventing it from happening to another business or another home.

“They definitely look like professional, well-organized criminals. We think they’ll do it again,” Zack said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego police at 619-531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.