RANCHO BERNARDO: Thieves steal jukebox thinking it’s ATM

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego police Thursday released surveillance video
that shows the two people suspected of breaking into a Hooters restaurant in
Rancho Bernardo and taking a jukebox investigators believe they mistook for an

The suspects drove a light-colored pickup truck up to the front of the
restaurant at 16911 W. Bernardo Drive, where one got out and broke the glass
door with an unknown object shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday, San Diego police Lt.
Andra Brown said.

The driver tried to back the truck into the business, but the door
opening was too narrow, Brown said. The other suspect then got a tow strap from
the truck's bed and wrapped it around the free-standing five-foot-tall juke box
with the restaurant's logo in the restaurant's lobby, Brown said.

That suspect pushed the machine toward the doors and the driver helped
get it into the truck before they drove off, Brown said.

Investigators believed the suspects mistook the jukebox for an ATM,
Brown said.

Both suspects were described as in their late teens or 20s. They were
wearing dark baggy clothing and hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled up
over their heads.

Police said the vehicle was possibly a white or silver late 1980s model
Nissan or Dodge pickup with a crew or extended cab. The truck hit the building
as the suspect tried to back into the restaurant, which damaged its back sides
and taillights. Pieces of the lights were left at the scene.

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