By DANA GUZZETTI
Martinez News-Gazette Reporter
MARTINEZ, Calif. – Before dawn on Sunday morning, burglars robbed Creek Monkey Tap House, a popular downtown Martinez business. According to the business owner Jim Blair, thieves took whatever they could find that was of value at the popular pub.
Blair said an employee called him at the airport, as he was about to return home from vacation, July 13.
The ordinarily upbeat businessman and attorney seemed dejected by the event.
“It’s disheartening,” Blair said. “Once you are in business, this changes your view of the world…. In an already difficult occupational field, these things have a cumulative effect.”
The business location is next to Alhambra Creek on Escobar Street. It is unknown whether the location was a factor in the crime.
Acting Lt. More of the Martinez Police Department said details of the case are being withheld because it is an ongoing investigation. The public is encouraged to Martinez Police at 925-372-3440 if they have any information about the crime.
Blair suggested that the city council consider cameras downtown.
“It might be a good idea, so police can see when people prowling around when businesses are closed,” Blair said.
The Creek Monkey Tap House and Citrus Salon participate in an annual March Shave-a-thon fundraiser where locals shave their heads to support St. Baldrick’s Foundation research focused on childhood cancer.