Thieves rip out Ocean Beach cash register, causes thousands in damage

Posted at 11:31 PM, Feb 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-09 12:17:34-05
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego police are trying to catch the thieves that broke into Pat's Liquor on Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach. 
On January 31, surveillance video shows a dark-colored SUV pull up to the door. Cameras inside caught a man forcing his way into the store, grabbing the cash register, and then grabbing a candy bar on his way out. 

“He grabbed the cash register and he slammed it so he can cut all the wires," owner Basil Zetouna said. "Then we started walking and there are more wires so he slammed it again and then he dropped it and he broke the tile here on the floor.”

Zetouna has been in Ocean Beach for almost 40 years and says this is the first time anything like this has ever happened to his store. 

He asks anyone with information to contact police and to keep an eye out for his cash register because he wants it back. 

“We’re fortunate that it happened when we were not here," Zetouna said. "I thank God for that, so everybody’s safe.”