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Thieves Caught on Camera Stealing $15,000 From Popular Northeast LA Bakery

El Sereno’s Antigua Bread was hit over the weekend

Antigua Bread in El Sereno
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El Sereno’s Antigua Bread was the site of a scary break-in over the weekend, just hours after the company’s annual Christmas party. The whole thing was caught on surveillance tape, too.

A news report from Fox 11 LA shares details on the burglary, which took place on Sunday. According to owner Erika Perez, nearly the entire company had been at the bakery on Huntington Drive that night for their annual holiday party, before taking off for the evening and leaving the overnight baker to lock up. He attempted to do just that, punching in the code and working to activate the alarm, but wasn’t able to get it the system to work. The baker then simply locked the doors with his keys and went home.

Twenty minutes later, two men showed up and forcibly entered through the front door. They quickly gathered up both cash registers, and followed a hallway to the back office where they discovered a locked standalone safe on a shelf and grabbed that as well. All told, the men, who were caught on a surveillance tape that was shown to Fox 11, made off with about $15,000. The Perez family says they that despite the timing they do not believe the burglary was done with the help of any of Antigua Bread’s employees.

The bakery was closed briefly as a result of the burglary, but has since reopened. Anyone with information regarding the burglary is asked to contact the police. Meanwhile, the company also maintains an original location in Highland Park, which opened in 2007.