Authorities in San Diego’s North County are searching for three teenagers accused of ransacking a 7-Eleven store and stealing thousands of dollars worth of alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets from the business.
According to deputies, the burglary happened on Apr. 6 at a 7-Eleven located at 298 Sycamore Ave. in Vista.
At around 4 a.m., two unknown male teenagers broke the glass front door of the store and swiped alcohol and several cartons of cigarettes. About an hour later, they came back for more loot – this time with a third suspect.
The teenage trio proceeded to steal more alcohol and cigarettes from the store, plus lottery tickets.
Deputies said the stolen goods were worth more than $2,000. During the burglary, the teens made a huge mess inside the store and caused damage to the cash register and a computer.
The suspects were captured on surveillance tape, and those images were released by authorities for the first time Wednesday.
Investigators describe the first two suspects as Hispanic teens, both between 15 and 18 years old. One suspect was 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and approximately 140 pounds, while the other was 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-6, approximately 130 pounds.
The first suspect wore a grey hooded sweatshirt, black shorts, white socks and dark shoes with a white emblem on the back during the burglary. The latter suspect wore a grey hooded sweatshirt with the word “Cali” on the front, black pants and red and black tennis shoes.
The third suspect that joined in later is described as an African American teen between 15 and 18 years old. He was 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-5 and about 145 pounds. He wore a green hooded sweatshirt with the word “Knotts” on the front, black pants and black shoes.
The teens remain outstanding and the case is still under investigation.
Anyone with information on the suspects should call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in this case.