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'Grinch' steals heat lamps, furniture on Christmas from Miramar cidery owner

Posted at 8:29 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 10:55:25-05

MIRAMAR, Calif. (KGTV) - The day after Christmas, a Miramar cidery owner woke up to learn a "grinch" broke in, stole items, and broke his handmade furniture.

Owner of Serpentine CiderSean Harris got the text while he was visiting his parents, out of town, for the holidays.

He looked back at his security camera footage and around 10:45 p.m. Christmas night, a man in a backward baseball cap, black mask, and leather jacket moved furniture to get to a heat lamp and rolled it away.

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"Finally we're ready to close the doors on 2020 and hope for 2021 that is at least slightly better and then before the chapter closes we're able to throw this terrible, mutated, disgusting cherry on top," he said.

The attack on his business cutting deeper during a year it's been hard to just survive, beaten down by constantly changing restrictions that have closed down his business multiple times.

Now he has to replace stolen heat lamps and a canopy, "they cut our locks that chain everything together, they broke some of the furniture which is homemade by my father and I. They just stomped the furniture and broke it."

That furniture holding deep meaning and a bond Harris and his father built during months of sweat and laughter, poured into the hand made pieces.

"The problem is is that he's in his 70s now and he's not going to be able to come down during COVID and build more of the stuff with me," he said.

Harris said friends will help him replace the furniture if they have to make more.

He is still creating a list of damages, so he can bring the police to the cidery Sunday and file a complete report.

He hopes they can catch the person before he ruins someone else's dreams.

Harris urges San Diegans to come out and support small businesses during this hard time.

If you have any information on this crime please contact SDPD at 619-531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.