MIRAMAR -- San Diego police are looking for a man who robbed a popular Miramar-area brewery and its employees at gunpoint just after closing time Monday night.
The suspect, wearing a ski mask, entered Ballast Point Brewing Company on Carroll Way near Trade Street through an unlocked back door shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday, pulled a handgun and demanded money both from the business and the remaining employees, San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said. The brewery's tasting room closes at 11 p.m.
"(He) comes in and starts yelling, ‘get down on the floor, give me the money,’” employee Raymond Ramirez said. “I thought he was joking around. I didn’t want to take a chance. I was walking away, he was yelling to get down on the floor. Just walked away and I still hear him yelling. Last thing I heard, he took off with three cases of money."
The robber escaped with an unspecified amount before police arrived, according to the officer. Police said he also grabbed a few cell phones from employees which he dropped in an alley nearby.
Police described the suspect as Hispanic and in his 30s. He was wearing a black ski mask, a black hooded sweatshirt and was carrying a black backpack.
Ballast Point recently sold to Constellation Brands for $1 billion.