Employees of a Scripps Ranch pizza shop are getting “sick and tired” of losing their earnings to a burglar time and again.
Pazzo’s Pizza on Scripps Trail has now counted seven break-ins or attempted break-ins to its property.
The most recent happened Friday night, when employee Bill Feather said he stumbled upon a man holding a rock, ready to shatter a front window.
“In this general area, I looked, not expecting to see a person, kind of surprised when I did,” said Feather.
The would-be burglar had cut off power to the restaurant’s security cameras, but he took off as soon as he saw Feather.
Feather told NBC 7 he recognized the suspect from security footage of a previous incident on May 13 around 1 a.m., though police have not confirmed if there’s a connection between each of the seven incidents.
“He threw the rock through the lower portion of the glass here,” Feather said, referring to the glass door.
The suspect was caught on camera going to the front counter and throwing the cash register to the ground. Then using a trash bag, the man is seen taking all the drawer’s contents and fleeing.
Now, the employees are doing everything they can to stop the burglaries.
“We’ve increased security; we’ve increased lights; there’s no cash in the register. If whoever’s doing this is watching us, stop. There’s no point,” Feather said.
New security cameras installed Saturday also grace the building’s front.
A Pazzo’s Pizza owner is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.
If you have any tips about this series of crimes, call the San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2000 or owner David Vitale at 858-271-0271.