Burglars smash their way into Baja Sonora, Coffee Parlor

A burglar or burglars made off with cash registers after smashing their way into a popular restaurant and coffee shop near the Long Beach Airport overnight, police said.

Police said they first learned of the break-in because of a burglary alarm going off around 3:35 a.m. at a shopping center on Clark Avenue at Spring Street.

When they arrived, officers found the glass front door of the Mexican restaurant Baja Sonora had been shattered, according to authorities.

Mary Sophiea and Michael Mendelsohn owners of Baja Sonora in front of their business in Long Beach on Thursday, August 29, 2019. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

“While on scene, officers observed damage to the front door of another business located in the same shopping center,” LBPD spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said.

That business was the Coffee Parlor at 2944 Clark Ave., according to a Facebook post from the business.

Cash registers had been taken from both shops, De Prez said.

Both businesses reported they would still be open for business today despite the break-ins.

This isn’t the first time this has happened, according the Coffee Parlor’s Facebook post.

“‘tis the season to be jacking,” they said. “We were burglarized again last night. Stealing from small business is the lowest of lows.”

We are still open! & Another one. ‘tis the season to be jacking. We were burglarized again last night. Stealing from…

Posted by Coffee Parlor on Friday, December 27, 2019


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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.