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Fake customer rips off Kearny Mesa restaurant owner

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — The search is on for a man who stole items from a Kearny Mesa restaurant. 

It happened Tuesday night at Ichiro's Japanese Restaurant and it was all caught on camera. 

Junko Sakai has owned Ichiro's for more than 35 years.  

She said she loves talking with customers and has plenty of regulars; but the guy caught on camera is someone who will never be welcome in her restaurant again. 

"The guy came in as a customer," Sakai said.  

Tuesday night, surveillance cameras were rolling as the so-called customer walked, asked for a table for one, then said he was going to use the restroom  first.  

Instead he went straight for Sakai's office. 

"He just opened my office, so it seemed like he knew what he was doing," she said. 

He looked around, shut the door and then grabbed Sakai's iPhone off her desk. 

He then rummaged through her purse for her wallet and walked out right past an employee while still shoving the wallet in his pants.  

The surveillance video clearly shows the man's face.   

"It shocks me," Sakai said. "It's the first time, for me, that happened."  

Inside her wallet was about $300 in cash, as well as her debit and credit cards. She said he made 3 or 4 transactions using her debit card managing to withdraw about $600.   

But the money isn't her biggest concern, she worries that because her license and social security card were stolen and someone could try and steal her identity. 

And to make matters worse, she's just days away from leaving for Japan. Her 95-year-old father just passed away so she is heading there in early June.  

Fortunately she still has her passport and can still make the trip.  

Junko says she's not going to let this thief ruin her belief you should always look for the best in people.  

But she says she will try and be more careful. 

"It could happen to anybody, so please be cautious," Sakai said.  

Police confirmed that they took a report on the incident and are investigating.

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