Downtown Santa Cruz business burglarized Wednesday morning

Downtown Santa Cruz business burglarized Wednesday morning


A BURGLARY THIS
MORNING AT A POPULAR
DOWNTOWN
RESTAURANT… THIS IS AT PONO
HAWAIIAN GRILL ON
UNION STREET.. THE BURGLAR SHOT OUT
THE GLASS DOOR.. BEFORE RUNNING OFF
WITH THE CASH
REGISTER. ACTION NEWS REPORTER
CHRISTOPHER SALAS IS
LIVE OUT IN FRONT OF
THE RESTAURANT.. WHERE THE OWNER SAYS
THIS ISN’T THE FIRST
TIME THIS HAS
HAPPENED.##
DAN THE OWNER TELLS
ME THEY’VE BEEN BURGALRIZED 8 TIMES IN
THE PAST 5 YEARS… POLICE TELL ME THE
SEARCH IS ON FOR THOSE
WHO COMMITTED THIS
CRIME… AND WITH A CAMERA
HERE .. AND MANY MORE INSIDE.. THEY HAVE LOTS OF
VIDEO EVIDENCE TO GO
OFF. MULTIPLE ANGLES
SHOWING A THIEF.. BIKING TO THE FRONT
DOOR OF PONO
HAWAIIAN GRILL.. AND SHOOTING OUT THE
GLASS BEFORE MAKING
HIS WAY INSIDE.. AFTER SPENDING ABOUT
35 MINUTES INSIDE.. THE THIEF WASN’T ABLE
TO GET AWAY WITH
MUCH ASIDE FROM A FEW
CASH REGISTERS… 14:21 “THERE’S NOTHING IN
THE REGISTER. SMART
BUSINESS OWNERS DON’T
LEAVE CASH IN THE
REGISTER.” BUTT TO 14:34
“HE GRABBED A BAG.. A CASE OF TOGO BAGS, SOME
CHIPS AND A FEW BROWNIES
IS ALL HE GOT.” THE COST
OF THE ITEMS THE
CRIMINAL RODE AWAY
WITH IS MINIMAL. BUT THE DAMAGE LEFT
BEHIND IS HARD TO
QUANTIFY.. 16:55 “IT DEFINITELY WEARS
ON YOUR PSYCHE AS A
BUSINESS OWNER.” IN HIS
EIGHT YEARS
DOWNTOWN.. HUNT SAYS HE HAS SPENT
THOUSANDS UPGRADING
HIS SECURITY SYSTEM… FOLLOWING YEARS OF
ASSAULTS ON HIS
BUSINESS… 18:53 “IT’S DEFINITELY
CHANGED YA KNOW THE
AMOUNT OF CRIME THAT I’VE
SEEN IN THE DECADE OF
BEING DOWNTOWN.” 11:37
“A LOT OF BREAK-INS, A LOT OF SMASH AND GRABS.” IN
2016… THIEVES USED A WHITE
VAN TO PLOW THROUGH
THE FRONT OF HIS
RESTAURANT. BEFORE TAKING OFF
WITH AN ATM… 16:28 “WE’RE JUST TIRED
WITH HAVING TO DEAL WITH
THIS AND GETTING WOKEN
UP AT 1 IN THE MORNING, 3
IN THE MORNING, FIVE IN
THE MORNING AND OUR BUSINESS HAS BEEN
DEMOLISHED TOO MANY
TIMES.” IN THIS LATEST
CASE… POLICE SAY ARE
INVESTIGATING… BUT THEY DON’T HAVE
MUCH TO GO OFF OTHER
THAN HUNT’S VIDEOS.. WHICH IS WHY HE’S
PUTTING THEM OUT
THERE .. HOPING FOR JUSTICE… AND CHANGE. 19:31 “WE JUST WANT TO
BE A BEACON FOR OTHER
BUSINESS OWNERS TO LET
THEM KNOW, WE CAN DO
SMOETHING IF WE ALL WORK
TOGETHER AND WE STAY VOCAL.”
AS FOR WHY IT SEEMS
HE’S BEEN TARGETED SO
OFTEN.. HUNT SAYS HE’S
DOWNTOWN AND CLOSE
TO A LOT OF ACTIVITY. MEANWHILE.. HE TELLS
ME HE WILL BE ADDING
BARS BEHIND HIS
WINDOWS.. ACKNOWLEDGING IT’S
NOT ATHESTICALLLY
PLEASING .. BUT HE’S HOPING IT CAN
HELP WITH SECURITY. IF YOU HAVE ANY
INFORMATION.. YOU’RE ASKED TO CALL
THE SANTA CRUZ POLICE
DEPARTMENT

4 comments

  1. Hi Timmy ! I’m so sorry , this must really suck ! 8 times !? This is crazy. Sc has gone downhill fast especially downtown area. Anything goes down there and when they get caught it’s a slap on the wrist and there back out doing it again . Put bars, etc….you have to now a days . Sad but true . God bless , stay Aloha over there 🙏🏻 🌞

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