Police: Man walked into Mexican restaurant, picked up ATM, drove off with it in Clairemont Mesa

Incident took place at Cotixan Mexican Food

SAN DIEGO - Police are looking for a man who they say walked into a Mexican food restaurant in Clairemont and stole an ATM Friday.

The theft took place shortly before 5 a.m. at the Cotixan Mexican Food restaurant located at 4370 Genesee Avenue.

Police said that the man walked into the restaurant, while customers and employees were inside, picked up the ATM and dragged it outside. Police said he put the machine into the back of a maroon hatchback vehicle, possibly a Honda or a Mitsubishi, and drove off.

The suspect was last seen heading north on Genesee with the machine sticking out of the vehicle.

Police described the thief as a man in his mid-30s, who spoke with a Middle Eastern accent. He stood about 6 foot and was wearing a mask and gloves, and a gray sweater and beige pants.

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