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Luxury car dealership burglarized in La Jolla

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LA JOLLA (CNS) - A high-end car dealership was the target of thieves early Monday morning, but it turns out they weren't after the luxury cars.

Officers were notified that a burglary alarm was going off at Symbolic Motors at 7440 La Jolla Blvd. at 3:15 a.m.

Security camera video shows two suspects smash a window and run inside. They ran straight for a case that held four watches valued at $100,000.

"They're a special commemorative watch. We're the authorized Bentley dealer here in San Diego and the watches are a collaborative with Breitling, so they were Bentley Breitling watches that were stolen," manager Rick Ahumada said.

Aside from the stolen watches, the broken glass put scratches on a Bentley priced at $200,000.

"Well, it's unfortunate. I mean they are cars, but at the end of the day they're special cars. We take it personal, you know, they're all hand-crafted an they take about 9 months to build so they're like babies to us," Ahumada said.

The thieves were in the store for only about 20 seconds, indicating they knew exactly what they were looking for and where to find it.

"Obviously we get a lot of traffic. We're a site for people to come see that are passionate about cars and so we get a lot of foot traffic in here, so unfortunately there's pros and cons to that just like any retail store," Ahumada said.

About three hours before the break-in, security camera footage shows what appears to be a Nissan Frontier -- with a guy who looks like one of the thieves in the passenger seat -- cruises into the dealership's parking lot. San Diego police have a copy of the surveillance tapes, as well as a bloody fingerprint left on a front window.

The dealership's manager is glad no employees were around when it happened, but is understandably disappointed by how his day started, and offers a reminder to all of us.

"During the holidays crime rates go up. I know it's a fact, and so the silver lining here is we can be an example for other businesses and even people with homes and residences to be on guard," he said.

If you recognize the men in the video or their car, you are asked to call San Diego police, or you can leave a tip with San Diego Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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