HARBOR CITY (CBS) — Police in Harbor City are searching for two thieves who robbed a local restaurant of money the owners raised to pay for the funeral of a family friend.

The Pineda family has run community favorite Antigua Guatemala for 20 years. They decided to help raise money to cover funeral costs for Maria Teresa Hernandez, who passed away unexpectedly.

A collection box on the restaurant counter was growing with generous donations. The Pinedas say the fund had reached between $800 and $1,000.

Ronnie Pineda never anticipated brazen thieves would make off with the funeral funds.

“I was in shock,” says Pineda. “I was really shocked for what they did.”

Pineda says the box was clearly marked with the purpose of the donations, and he cannot believe anyone would stoop so low.

The crime was caught by security cameras Pineda had installed just two weeks ago.

The surveillance footage shows the woman distracting an employee as the man moves the donation box from the counter to the floor. Eight minutes later, the man returns to ask for change for a ten dollar bill. He circles the store to be sure no one is watching, and then exits with the box in hand.

Pineda holds out hopes that the crooks have a conscience, and will come forward to apologize.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the LAPD Harbor Division at (310) 726-7700.

Comments (8)
  1. Doug says:

    Pelosi’s patriots.

    1. Whiskey Tango says:

      Had to a a welfare wetb@ck.

  2. Pedro says:

    Won’t money help the living more than the dead ???

    1. FPE1 says:

      Focus troll-Money was for her family to pay for funeral cost! I think that counts as helping the living. Please learn how to read, before you post a comment!

  3. The Mad Man says:

    Why would you leave something like that out in the open? I am sure there was a better way to solicit contributions for funeral expenses. With this economy now a days, theft will rise with no conscience so why didn’t they protect themselves from theft? A camera doesn’t do enough to get the money back.

    1. FPE1 says:

      Ok genius(NOT!) so tell us your “better way”? So, it’s okay to rob each other because the economy is bad and if you’re the victim not say or do anything about it? I think the Pineda’s know there is a strong possibility that they will never see the money again, but we have to look at the bigger picture here-Morals, Respect , and work for your own money losers!!!

      1. Me says:

        You’re a fool, FPE1, if that’s all you think the bigger picture is. I’m not going to spell things out for you, maybe if you ponder long and hard enough you will realize. In the meantime, shut up.

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