OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Thieves targeted an Oakland car audio installation business and the store’s owner estimates the loss is more than $100,000. Now, the owner is considering moving his business to another city.
Security surveillance videos of the thieves at the Sound Factory, a car audio installation business on International Blvd. in the Fruitvale district of Oakland. It happened between midnight and 2 a.m. on July 17
How did the thieves get in?
“Through the roof. They blew a big hole in the roof,” said Sound Factory owner Jose Torres, who spoke to KRON4 by phone.
“It took them about two hours to steal everything. The alarm company never called me, never let me know there was anyone inside the store. They noticed around 8:30 in the morning.”
By then it was all over. The thieves made off with three of their customers’ vehicles which they filled with expensive audio equipment, including stereos, amplifiers and speakers.
“The loss is over $150,000,” Torres said.
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He says the alarm company isn’t the only service that let him down. He says that after he notified the Oakland Police Department, it took officers several hours to respond and file a report.
“We don’t have any kind of protection here,” Torres said. “That’s because the city, they don’t have that many police.”
The Sound Factory has been operating in Fruitvale for 33 years. According to Torres, this is the first time the store has had this type of problem
“I never had a problem in 33 years, no kind of problems,” Torres said. “I’m going to have to move my business, sell what I have and just go. Out of town. Wherever. Oakland is really bad right now. It’s really bad.” Anyone with information about the Sound Factory robbery is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department.