Police are searching for an armed man who stole a shopping basket full of liquor from a BevMo store in Mira Mesa, brandishing a gun when the store manager tried to stop him.
According to detectives, the robbery happened around 9 p.m. on Nov. 29 at a BevMo located at 6755 Mira Mesa Blvd.
The suspect – described by police as a “well-groomed” white male between 20 and 30 years old – entered the store and placed several items inside a hand basket.
At 9 p.m., the store manager used a loudspeaker to announce that the store was closing and asked customers to pay for their purchases at the register.
Carrying his basket filled with liquor bottles, police said the suspect walked up to the manager who was standing by the store’s closed door. He asked her to open the door so he could exit.
The manager refused, saying he hadn’t yet paid for his merchandise.
The suspect then opened his jacket, revealing the handle of a gun.
The manager told the man he was being recorded on surveillance camera, and he pulled out his gun – believed by police to be a revolver – and waved it around.
The manager opened the door and the suspect calmly walked away from the store.
Nobody was injured, police said.
Detectives said the man is between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10 with a thin to medium build. He has short, dark brown hair and a fair complexion.
He wore a black sports coat or suit jacket, red shirt and jeans during the robbery.
On Thursday, police released still photographs of the suspect caught by the store’s surveillance camera.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on this case to contact the SDPD’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.