When The Press, a popular breakfast and lunch spot in Pleasanton, was broken into last Monday, owner Rebekah Culp said that while the cost-related damages weren't too bad, she worries it won't be the last time.
"It's annoying," Culp told the Weekly. "You feel like you've been violated, you know? Like, why do people do that?"
On the day before, Jan. 29, Culp's husband finished locking up their artisan cafe shop located on Santa Rita Road after a Sunday morning of prepping the store for the Monday morning shift.
The next day, both the owners woke up to the news that their front glass door had been smashed in and their 150-pound safe and cash registers were gone.
In total, Culp said they lost a little over $1,000 -- not counting the money they spent on replacing the door.
According to Teri Yan, community and public relations coordinator at the Pleasanton Police Department, there are currently no suspects.
And while Culp said they do have security cameras, they stopped working on the day of the break-in.
She said that while it was weird, she doesn't want to believe that any of her staff was involved, saying it was most likely a glitch with the actual camera, which is something that they have experienced before.
Culp also said that it wasn't the first crime at a business in the Mission Plaza area, which is where The Press is located, within the last couple of weeks -- adding to her belief that it was just another random crime.
She pointed out that the TN Nails Spa and the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop were both vandalized in recent weeks.
"We don't want to think that it could be an internal thing, because we want to see our staff, you know, as being loyal and trustworthy," she said. "It could be totally a glitch on the camera system, especially after I learned that so many places also got affected."
According to Pleasanton PD's Citizen Connect Crime Mapper, there have been five commercial burglaries in January.
Yan said there were no reports of entry having been made in both vandalism cases at Mission Plaza -- nothing was reported lost either.
"At the moment, there isn't sufficient evidence for us to confirm a connection between the cases; however, we haven't ruled anything out," PPD investigations Sgt. Robert Shuffield said in a statement to the Weekly. "Our detectives are examining all possibilities, and they are following up on all reasonable leads."
Culp said that she still thinks that PPD should increase their efforts in informing the community about these recent break-ins because people and business owners need to be more on the lookout for any suspicious activity.
"A customer also texted me and said a karate place in Pleasanton also had a similar thing happen," Culp said. "So it seems like something is going around, like why all of the sudden (is) Pleasanton (being) targeted?"
She said that even though she knows Pleasanton is considered a safe city, these recent break-ins have her a bit more on edge.
She also said that while she has asked the neighboring stores to check and see if their security cameras captured anything, it's a little too late to really do anything.
"If they find something you know, what can you do? It's already done," Culp said.
She said she was, however, appreciative of the support and concern from her customers and her community as she and her husband went through this experience.
"It means a lot that we're not going through this alone," Culp said. "Especially with other businesses in town that (are) going through the same thing … we need to kind of rally and get together and support each other and kind of be on the watch out for each other."
Yan said that he wants to remind community members that if they see something, say something.
"If they witness suspicious activity, they are encouraged to call 911 for emergencies or 925-931-5100 for non-emergencies," Yan said. "Local business owners may also contact our Crime Prevention Officer, Ryan Tujague, to schedule a free security survey."
Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Rebekah Culp. The Pleasanton Weekly regrets the error.