A San Francisco bakery famous for $18 purple sourdough bread was ransacked in an overnight burglary that the owner says will cost him tens of thousands of dollars to put right.
Rize Up Bakery owner Azikiwee Anderson says he is recovering after burglars broke in on Monday night and stole equipment, including multiple iPads and cash boxes, a laptop with personal information, artwork and other belongings.
A police report was filed for a burglary at the bakery's Howard Street address early Tuesday morning, according to city records. The San Francisco Police Department said officers responded to the address, where its owner told them it had been burglarized overnight: "Officers collected evidence and during an initial walkthrough of the business, it was determined that several pieces of property had been taken in addition to U.S. [c]urrency."
On Wednesday, Anderson told The Standard he is awed by an outpouring of community support as word of the break-in's impact spread. He estimates the cost of the theft and associated damages to be above $20,000.
"As a small business, especially in San Francisco, having 10, 15, 20 thousand dollars readily available is not normal, so it was a pretty big blow," Anderson told The Standard while driving deliveries of freshly baked bread to distributors after a driver called in sick.
Anderson said a large amount of dough and stock also had to be thrown away after the break-in to protect customer health. He and his co-workers pulled extra shifts Tuesday afternoon and late into the night to prepare for Thursday and Friday's scheduled deliveries and weekend farmers' markets.
"To protect our customers and the health of everyone who has our food, anything that was open had to be thrown away," he said, estimating that loss at about 600 loaves. "Thousands of hours of work to make all that dough, just under a hundred hours of prep work to make all of the ingredients, and we had to start basically from scratch."
In an Instagram post, Anderson expressed gratitude and appreciation for that outpouring of support.
To that end, people have been contributing donations to the bakery's Venmo account.
"Yesterday, I was about as low as I could get, pretty sad and pretty frustrated. I try not to get angry, but I was upset," Anderson told the bakery's followers. "I always talk about community, wanting to be there for people and trying to make good things happen. The amount of togetherness that I'm feeling right now, I feel unstoppable."
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