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Seafood business ransacked by burglars

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Some bold burglars ransack a Mobile business -- cash registers, the surveillance system, even a large safe, all, taken.

To make matters worse, the business is temporarily closed as they make repairs to all the damage.

They're usually open 7 days a week, but DIP Seafood has been closed since Sunday after being hit by thieves.

"I came in Sunday morning to open up for the employees and everything and when I came in I walked through the door I was going to the office I was like man they must have been messy last night and didn't clean up very well is what I was thinking," recalled Selena Martinez, DIP Seafood Manager.

It didn't take long for Martinez to realize something was terribly wrong.

"As I walked around, I came into the office -- here and I saw the safe was missing and my heart just sank... Like my legs went weak and I was like we got robbed," said Martinez.

On top of a large safe, the thieves cut the wires to the security cameras and took the DVR. But that's not all -- if you've ever been to DIP Seafood you know they have two cash registers, which are bolted to the granite counter-top. The thieves ripped out the entire counter-top to get both registers before leaving.

After further inspection, it was very clear how they made their way into the business.

"The back door was just like this... It was open. The garage door -- that's the new one, but the other one was just kicked in on both sides," explained Martinez. "They even cut through the fence outside, where we believe they backed up their truck."

As a new security system is put in, and major repairs are made -- it's also impacting their employees.

"A lot of our employees live paycheck to paycheck and that has affected them and their families," said Martinez. 

As Mobile Police investigate, there's reason to believe it was someone who had knowledge of the business. 

"I believe God is going to punish in his own way. I believe it's going to come back on them eventually. Maybe not today or tomorrow but eventually it will come back on them," said Martinez.

If you have information that can help investigators call Mobile Police at 251-208-1700.

Meanwhile, DIP Seafood expects to re-open for business by next Thursday, August 16th.

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