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San Diego police search for group suspected in burglary at Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park

Posted at 10:23 AM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 13:25:54-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and tracking down a group of people suspected in a break-in at the Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park last month.

On Oct. 19, between 10:45 p.m.-11:30 p.m., San Diego police said an organized meet-up took place at the parking lot next to the theater on 2005 Pan American Plaza.

About 40 vehicles were parked in the parking lot for the event, police said.

According to police, several people attending the event were seen on surveillance video leaving their vehicles and walking to the venue. Police said the people in the group “damaged a portion of a chain link fence on the exterior of the theatre and then used an unknown tool to force open the doors leading to the ticket office.”

Police said the group stole electronic audio and visual equipment, several flat screen TVs and guitars.

The value of the stolen items is estimated at $28,000.

The estimated damage to the theatre has yet to be determined, police said.

SDPD investigators combed through surveillance video and focused on a white, early to mid-2000s Jeep Liberty that arrived after the parking lot gathering ended.

In the video, police said the Jeep occupants “can be seen changing their clothes outside of the Jeep and near a dark colored compact sedan with a luggage rack -- possibly a Subaru Crosstrek.”

Additionally, an anonymous person gave investigators cellphone video that appeared to show several males standing near a Ford Expedition outside of the theatre “talking about having a TV for sale.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the SDPD Central Division at 619-744-9533 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.