Thieves break into two more La Jolla businesses, home


Burglars have hit two more La Jolla businesses overnight, smashing their way in through glass doors and grabbing cash registers and the money in them, police reported.

The two cases bring to three the total that occurred sometime after the businesses closed on Nov. 19. The thieves didn’t get any cash from El Pescador at 627 Pearl St., but did succeed in their efforts at Ortega’s Place, a few doors down at 621 Pearl St., said Community Relations Officer Alan Alvarez.

Sometime that night, Gwen Couture in Bird Rock was also broken into and lost its cash and cash register.

None of the businesses had alarm systems, Alvarez said, noting that police have put a special focus on the incidents.

In 2008, there were a series of similar burglaries in Bird Rock.

In a separate incident, Alvarez said, burglars entered a home in the 5700 block of Bellevue Avenue on Nov. 17 and stole goods, including flatware, valued at more than $11,000. The residents said they were in the process of moving in and didn’t have a key so they left a windo propped open.