SAN DIEGO — An Ocean Beach business has been hit by two burglaries in the past few weeks, and the holiday season has been a little rough.
Security cameras captured a thief breaking into The Template, a coffee shop and community space, last Tuesday morning.
“They jumped over our eight-foot gate, kicked in the back door, kicked in the office door and stole our cash register and change box,” said co-owner Shine Ray.
After it was stolen a few weeks ago, the owners installed newly reinforced doors and an upgraded security system.
The owners believe the same person was responsible for both incidents — each costing the business thousands of dollars.
“It was absolutely intense. For us, being over our heads on the beach was so extreme, and something like that happened, it just took us to the floor,” Ray said.
A GoFundMe account has now been set up — and the owner says they need help from the community to keep it open.
Meanwhile, OB concerns about crime and violence are on the rise.
Outside Hodad two weeks ago, surveillance video captured a group attacking another man and his dog.
Police say they have now identified four of the attackers in the case.
Ocean Beach Town Council chairperson Corey Bruins said: “The recent spate of events – the couple burglary at Template and then, obviously, the incident at the front of Hodad – which has drawn a lot of attention – will definitely raise awareness. “.
The Bruins are busy organizing Saturday’s holiday parade, which includes a safety plan.
The SDPD said more officers will be involved in the event.
“I know they’ve been monitoring the OB situation and are watching it very closely. We haven’t had any major incidents at the march and we expect that to be the case this year,” Bruins said.
The OB Holiday Parade is scheduled for Saturday at 5pm.