The owner of a Fallbrook pub and restaurant has offered a reward for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the commercial burglary committed at his establishment in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 4.
Robert Waldon said the burglary committed at Magee’s Tavern, in the 100 block of South Main Avenue in the historic downtown area, has resulted in “close to $10,000” in loss due to the extensive damage done to electrical, alarm, and phone systems.
Waldon said the crime occurred sometime after the pub shutdown at midnight on Feb. 3, the day of the Superbowl, and before his staff opened the restaurant the next day at 9 a.m.
“They broke in through the roof and severed the electrical system, phone lines, and alarm lines,” said Waldon.
Those responsible also broke in to the pub’s ATM machine, coin changer, and stole a safe.
“It had to be someone with knowledge of the interior of this building or business,” said Waldon.
In the process of the theft, some alcohol from the bar was consumed onsite.
Detective Steve Ashkar of the Fallbrook Sheriff’s substation is handling the investigation into the case.
“Law enforcement was able to collect DNA evidence and fingerprints from the crime, so hopefully that will turn something up,” said Waldon.
Meanwhile, in addition to repairing all the damage, Waldon said he has had a new, higher technology alarm system installed with different features than any previous, including discreetly hidden cameras.
Since Waldon purchased the pub a year ago, he said this is the third time he has been a victim of crime.
“We have had two break-ins prior to this but there really wasn’t anything stolen or damaged much,” he said. But this time, the loss was high.
“We are trying to build a nice pub for this community but it makes it hard to want to do business here with these offensive acts,” said Waldon.
Waldon has owned a restaurant in Point Loma for the past seven years, and said, “I have not had one break-in, act of vandalism, or theft, in all that time down there.”
Waldon has offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the crime.
Anyone with information to report should call the Sheriff’s substation, Detective Ashkar, (760) 451-3100.
Editor’s Note: The damage at Magee’s Tavern has been repaired and the pub/restaurant is open to the public for its usual hours.