Burglars attempt to steal safe from Carmel Valley hardware store


By Kristina Houck

Police responded to an alarm at a Carmel Valley hardware store early Sunday, but the burglars were nowhere to be found.

Three or more unidentified suspects broke into Griffin Ace Hardware at 3880 Valley Centre Drive (Piazza Carmel shopping center) shortly after midnight on Aug. 18, said Natalie Hone, community relations officer for San Diego Police Department’s Northwestern Division.

Hone said the suspects stole a safe from behind the cash registers but were unable to load the safe with unknown contents into their vehicle and left it in the parking lot. The safe was never opened.

Police do not have descriptions of the suspects, and no arrests have been made.