DZ Akins

San Diego Police Release Video of Burglars Taking DZ Akins' Safe ‘To Go'

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San Diego police reached out to the public Friday for help identifying a trio of thieves who carried out a predawn burglary this week at San Diego's iconic DZ Akins restaurant.

The masked men, each wearing a hooded sweatshirt, used a crowbar to force entry into the College-area restaurant in the 6900 block of Alvarado Road about 4:45 a.m. Thursday, according to San Diego police.

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The burglars then stole a safe from the New York-style deli using a dolly to move it to a waiting silver or light-gray SUV with chrome spoke wheels, possibly a 2009-12 model Ford Escape. After loading the safe into the vehicle, the bandits fled in it to the east.

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According to its website, DZ Akins has been open since January 1980, expanding five times since then to accommodate the lunch rush -- ok, the rush in general -- and boasts an astounding 134 sandwiches on its menu.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the thieves.

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Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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