Attempted break-in thwarted at McNally Antiques in Rancho Santa Fe


Thanks to the quick response of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, The McNally Company Antiques was spared what could have been a costly burglary last week.

At around 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, suspects were attempting to break in to the McNally store on Paseo Delicias. The suspects had been using a drill on the door to gain entry and the progress made showed they had been at work for some time trying to drill and cut the dead bolt out of the door. According to The McNally Company Antiques owner Connie McNally, the drilling hit a frequency that set off the store’s glass break alarm. Once the alarm sounded, RSF Patrol Officer Sal Gambino responded in three-and-a-half minutes.

According to RSF Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser, as Gambino was investigating the scene he saw a vehicle leaving the area eastbound at a high rate of speed with no lights on. Gambino followed the car and requested that the Escondido Police Department stop the vehicle.

“The two occupants were arrested by the sheriff and charged with several crimes, including attempted burglary. Fortunately the suspects did not gain entry to the business,” Wellhouser said.

McNally expressed her gratitude for Gambino and the alertness of the RSF Patrol.