OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — An Oakland business owner has lost thousands of dollars in equipment after his technicians were robbed twice in less than a month.
One of the burglaries was filmed. The owner said the people who work for him are like family, so seeing this latest theft filmed is very upsetting for him.
“For me, it’s very disturbing and hurtful to see what’s going on,” said Ygnacio Becerra, owner of Oakland Rooter and Plumbing.
Becerra said last month that its plumbing technicians had been robbed twice while trying to do their jobs. The second incident happened on Tuesday and was captured on their customers’ home security video.
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“It’s pretty simple, my guys were targeted. The thieves circled the block several times before deciding to move,” Becerra said.
In the video, the two suspects approach the technician and one of the suspects raises his arm as if he had a gun.
“Three guys with a gun approached my technician and demanded that they release the camera equipment. They said ‘We’re here to take your camera. Don’t worry, you don’t want die, you don’t want to lose your life, just give us the camera and we’ll let you go,” Becerra said.
At the end of the video, the suspects take everything and run away. Becerra said they use video equipment that costs around $20,000 to perform sewer line inspections for people buying or selling a home.
He said a similar incident happened on August 12. After both incidents, he filed a report with the Oakland Police Department.
He doesn’t believe his particular business is being targeted. He believes neighborhoods attract criminals.
“Targeting is done more in wealthy neighborhoods. It doesn’t really happen in flat land, but it happens in affluent neighborhoods where they know people can afford renovations,” Becerra said.
He said his goal was to raise awareness about these types of crimes that happen every day in the city of Oakland. Despite these recent thefts, Becerra said he is staying put.
“I’m very proud to be born and raised in Oakland. It was a big decision for me to name my business after Oakland. I am here for the long term. I’m not going anywhere,” Becerra said.
He said his techs know it’s not worth losing your life to a piece of equipment and they should let the suspects get hold of it.