Thieves Use Firecracker as Distraction in Safeway Heist

The Alameda Police Department (APD) is searching for two suspects involved in an alleged burglary at the Safeway at South Shore Center Thursday, July 11.

The theft occurred around 12:23 p.m. The two suspects, a Caucasian man and woman, stole merchandise from supermarket after creating a diversion with an explosive device. The male suspect threw a firecracker in the refrigerated beer section of the store. 

The subsequent tiny explosion created enough of a diversion for the female suspect to flee the store with a shopping cart full of groceries.

APD believes the male suspect is between 25 and 35 years old with short hair. He is believed to be 6’ and 180 pounds. During the robbery he wore a black hooded sweatshirt with “Snap On” written in red lettering, blue jeans and black sunglasses on his head. 

The female suspect is also described as being between 25 and 35 years old. She is believed to be 5’ 5” and 150 pounds. During the burglary she wore a gray and black hooded sweatshirt, light blue jeans and white shoes.

The suspects drove off in a silver compact SUV, according to reports.

Other patrons were inside the store when the firework detonated. Safeway was forced to close for several hours to investigate the cause of the disturbance. Alameda Police and Fire department personnel arrived on scene to make sure the business was safe for reentry. The store eventually reopened later that day. 

APD asks anyone with information on the two suspects to contact Officer Dustin Lorensen or Detective Adam DiGiusto at 337-8340.