Given current market conditions, running a local mom-and-pop shop hasn't been easy for Ray Masoudi, and things only got worse on Tuesday.
Glendale police are seeking the public's help in tracking down the burglars who broke into Masoudi's small Montrose-based shop, Broadview Food Mart, on Tuesday and stole a 500-pound safe containing about $4,500.
"It hurt me," he said. "I don't have money to pay my bills. Business is really slow."
Masoudi opened his shop 13 years ago in the 3500 block of North Verdugo Road and up to now, he's never had a burglary. He says this event has delivered a devastating blow to his business.
At about 4:22 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a burglary alarm at the store and discovered the front glass door had been smashed.
Surveillance video footage shows a man dressed in dark clothing and a hooded jacket using a long stick to smash the glass door, police said.
He was followed into the store by two other men who were also wearing dark clothing, one with a bandana over his head, police said.
Video footage shows one of the three men pushing the safe from behind the store counter and out the front door, police said.
A fourth man driving a dark gray sedan is seen pulling up to storefront and helping to move the safe, police said.
Cash was also taken from register.
Anyone with information about theft was encouraged to call the Burglary Unit at (818) 548-3127. To remain anonymous, call Glendale Crime Stoppers at (818) 507-7867.