SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A potential thief attempted to break into an optical store in San Francisco with a blowtorch.
Alexander Daas’s San Francisco Optics on Chestnut Street was targeted at around 6 a.m. on Sunday, February 28th
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The store’s surveillance video shows the moment the glass broke. The owner, Alex Feldman, says the suspect was unsuccessful because the glass was heavily reinforced.
This is the third time since the pandemic started that burglars attacked the family-owned business.
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“They kick us when we’re down – to do this on top of everything else,” Feldman said. “We’ve all been hired and we need to be able to pay these bills without a deal, but now we’re faced with these additional costs.”
Feldman says it cost him about $ 10,000 to repair the damage from all three incidents.
He added that he is reluctant to report the incidents to insurance because he is concerned that he will be dropped or pay higher premiums.
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Burglaries across San Francisco have increased nearly 60% since early 2021, compared to the same period last year. In the northern district, which also includes the marina, burglaries have increased by more than 90%.