Reward offered for information leading to conviction regarding burglary at Fallbrook pub

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.

13 Responses to "Reward offered for information leading to conviction regarding burglary at Fallbrook pub"

  1. what is up with this?   February 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Mr Waldon is just trying to create a nice place for people to go to in Fallbrook, and thieves can’t take their …. hands off somebody else’s property. Get a job you bums! Earn it like a man, with hard work you………………….

  2. Julie   February 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    These business owners have had to deal with issues from day one with their building, break-ins, etc. They are seasoned business people who know what they are doing and it would be great if everyone could make a concerted effort to support them, as well as the other businesses downtown. It only takes each of us supporting them a little bit to make a huge difference. And, it increases the value of our entire town.

  3. 3 year home owner in Fallbrook.   February 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Gee, did the old owners have these kinds of things happen? I never heard of any.


    VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES – The answer to your question is “yes.” The same establishment was broken into almost exactly a year ago – when the previous owners were there. —Debbie Ramsey

  4. Mom of lots   February 11, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I do not blame the owner at all if he shuts the place down. So irritating that Fallbrook can’t pull it together because of these people!!! Point Loma….7 YEARS not one theft. One year in Fallbrook, 3 break-ins?! How discouraging for business owners here.

  5. ?????   February 12, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Mr. Waldon, It is a shame that some people don’t understand what it is to work, and to own a living. These people will eventually get caught, everyone does. These individuals cannot be taught at this late of their lives, that earning a living the proper way is not easy, and that what you have is not theirs. I will be awaiting the capture of these misfits, and hope that they will be breaking rocks and making ways for new businesses moving forward.

  6. S   February 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

    The sentiment in the above posts are shared by many. Hopefully the creeps that did the break-in will get caught soon and have to pay retribution. We can help, as a community, by keeping our eyes and ears open and report anything suspicious to the proper authorities. We can also help by supporting local businesses, like Magee’s Tavern. We have been there for lunch many times and will continue to do so.
    Mr. Waldon, don’t give up on Fallbrook…most of the community is behind you!

  7. Reality Monger   February 12, 2013 at 11:56 am

    It really is a shame that some lowlife punks had to do this to a hard working and honest business. I LOVE Magee’s Tavern and I think that it is a real jewel for our town. I truly hope that this does not discourage Mr. Waldon form staying here in our Village. I hope that these punks are brought to justice soon!

  8. Mom   February 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Could this be the same people who broke into Anna’s Salon. If so why can’t we catch them.
    Can we please clean up Fallbrook and get all the stupid Gang members and thugs out of our little town.

  9. Cameras   February 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    There are thieves everywhere. I have been robbed before, but not yet while in California. We really have it quite well here compared to the Great Plains states. Get cameras and be diligent about them. Digital storage space is really cheap. Get cameras on battery backup – you probably only need about a 30 minute battery which is very cheap relative to the costs normally incurred running a restaurant/bar. The reward will probably work and weed out who(m)ever it is that keeps finding the place opportune for robbery.

  10. 3 year home owner in Fallbrook.   February 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you for the answer, FVN. I agree with #9 Cameras are now needed every where, even the roof. It seems like we need to close shops down at 10 p.m. and booby-trap the town with ink, like the banks do. ( I’m only, kind of joking)

  11. JD   February 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Sometimes I wish a bazillionaire would come here and buy the whole downtown and level it. Then, rebuild it into the village it could be. I know that’s silly, but I wish it. I also Like McGees…had a great meal there on the night of the X-mass parade. I hope the owners stay and keep going with the nice improvements and good food. It’s WAY better than the last owners attempt. Interesting that this break-in seemed to be done by someone who knows the place. Past disgruntled employees perhaps?

  12. Preston   February 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

    @ JD
    Only We the People have the power to change the current situation.
    Rebuilding Fallbrook will not solve anything, we need to stop voting to be soft on crime. This is one of the most beautiful communities in the world and its future is up to us

  13. High Tech   February 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I suggest that business owners look into the newest alarm technology. There are systems out there that have a wireless back up, so that if the phone line is cut, it uses a cell tower to call the alarm in. There are also systems that when the alarm does goes off, the business fills with a blinding mist that prevents the thieves from being able to see what they are doing. Of course the owner needs to keep even his employees from knowing exactly how all these alarm features work. I believe these types of crimes should be easy enough to stop especially given the fact that the sheriff station is just a minute away.


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