Oakland Pizza Restaurant Employees Fight, Fend Off a Fourth Robbery

2024-02-07 06:00:46

I need to add Oakland to my Google alerts. I sometimes miss these stories!

Oakland, CA, might lose another restaurant after being robbed four times in a little over a month.

Four robberies and break-ins in 2024 so far. From ABC7 News Bay Area:

Employees at the Cybelle’s Pizza along Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland’s Dimond District can be seen on surveillance from Friday night around 10:30 p.m., using a hammer and recycling bin to fight off suspects that entered the shop.

“They tried to steal the register…my employees were very, very brave…I told them don’t do that…but they had to defend themselves,” says owner Elizabeth Sanchez.

Sanchez says this recent incident is just one of four break-in robberies at their Oakland location this year.

My heart breaks for Sanchez and her employees. They work “seven days a week, with no days off.”

Now Sanchez might have to close the restaurant.

Sanchez, a Mexican immigrant, described the pizzeria as her “American dream.”

“I believe it’s going to the trash now,” lamented Sanchez.

But it’s not just the robberies: “Sales are down because nobody wants to come out, they’re scared for their safety. We’ve seen a drop in sales and we’re worse than during the pandemic.”

Sanchez and her husband will keep their store open in San Francisco.

Oakland lost its Denny’s and In-N-Out due to break-ins and robberies. Kaiser Permanente, Oakland’s largest private employer, asked employees to eat lunch at work due to robberies.

KTVU pointed out that other spots have closed near the airport: Black Bear Diner, Subway, and Starbucks.

Oakland residents want to recall Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price, who is backed by George Soros, because of the rampant crime.

The Oakland Police Department even told residents to use air horns to alert neighbors to intruders or suspicious behavior.

The Oakland NAACP called out the progressive leaders, blaming the defund the police movement for making the city unsafe.




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