THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (KABC) — Two young men are wanted after a burglary at a Thousand Oaks bakery was caught on surveillance video.
Police say the burglary was the latest in a string of commercial break-ins in the area, but the store’s owner told ABC7 the motive may be more.
Surveillance footage shows two suspects destroying the Historia bakery. The crime happened in the early hours of September 15th. The bandits smashed a front window, entered the store and looted the store, making off with money and more.
“I mean it’s going to be painful to replace the broken stuff and the door and other broken stuff that had to be thrown away,” said Carlos Soto, co-owner of the company. “My wife and I work really hard, living paycheck to paycheck. We’re trying to get up and it’s just hard.”
Soto says he received a threatening, racist phone call a few days before his store was vandalized.
“Just a gentleman to suggest that I move to Mexico and open a coffee shop and coffee shop in Mexico because my name is Carlos Soto,” he said.
Carlos Soto said he didn’t know if the burglary was related to the threatening phone call. Robyn Soto says, given that there are several minority-owned businesses in the area, she’s surprised anyone would say that to her husband.
“I mean it was racist, inappropriate and really had nothing to do with our business relationships around here,” she said. “We are an equal opportunity employer and a multicultural family and company.”
Thousand Oaks Police are investigating the crime and have yet to disclose whether they identified suspects or determined a motive for the break-in other than burglary.
The Sotos are devastated and say the insurance doesn’t cover everything that’s been stolen or damaged.
“Extreme stress to be a small business owner in an industry that has a very high failure rate under the best of circumstances,” said Robyn Soto. “It’s not that easy to find capital or get financial support from traditional sources.”
Carlos Soto is a military veteran suffering from multiple sclerosis. His wife says that despite the hardship they face, he is committed to continuing the charity work they do in support of veterans, law enforcement and other first responders.
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