Watch: Thieves pry open tackle shop door, steal gear

SAN DIEGO -- A family-owned business is missing nearly $100,000 worth of inventory after a break-in caught on surveillance video early Sunday.

The thieves used a crowbar to pry open the door of San Diego Tackle Traders on Convoy Court in Kearny Mesa around 4:30 a.m. The intruders, who wore gloves, had their faces covered and hoods on, quickly moved through the room snatching up merchandise.

Co-owner John Nichols says they made off with around 150 reels and 30 fishing rods. “It’s well over $100,000 worth of inventory, and insurance will cover about half of that probably,” Nichols told FOX 5.

After watching the surveillance video, he believes the thieves are possibly former customers, because they seemed to know their way around and the business is by appointment only.

He said he’s been running San Diego Tackle Traders with his brother for the last ten years while also working a full-time job: “This is how we put our kids through dance lessons, we’re able to go fishing, and go on vacations and stuff. So this is a big loss for us.”

As the family grapples with the financial loss, Nichols is putting out the alert for people to be on the lookout for stolen gear:

“This has been a problem that’s happened in the industry a lot; a lot of tackle stores are being broken into. There has to be an outlet for it somewhere. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Let us know or let the police know, and hopefully we can catch these guys.”

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