Around 7:30am this morning, thieves broke into Wooden, a new coffee shop preparing to open at the corner of Carl and Cole Streets in Cole Valley.
According to owner Steve Wickwire, two men broke into a contractor’s lockbox on the front door to gain access to the space, which is currently being renovated.
“They took a MacBook Pro computer and the keys from my lockbox,” he told Hoodline via Facebook Messenger. The duo also stole another set of keys from a jacket before proceeding to the shop’s basement, “where my business partner was working on graphic design stuff,” he said.
After the thieves saw his partner, Nathan Mass, they “bolted,” said Wickwire.
“He chased them, but they jumped in a pickup truck being driven by a third suspect, and took off down Cole.” No detailed description of the suspects is available, but witnesses said a silver pickup was seen fleeing southbound on Cole Street.
Mass called 911, and “it was about 15 minutes before the officer arrived,” said Wickwire, who was home when the break-in occurred. Via Facebook, he asked neighbors with external security cameras for help acquiring an image of the vehicle.
“We will still be awesome and open very soon,” he said, though he acknowledged that the café still has pending inspections, and his other business partner “was in a bad bike accident.”
In light of this morning’s burglary, “we are kinda just scrambling to figure out lots of things at the moment,” he said.
Despite the setback, Wickwire hasn’t lost his sense of humor. “This is nothing compared to how robbed I feel by the SF Planning Department,” he told us.
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