Community rallies around Overcast Skate Shop following break-in

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Robert Mariona, owner of Overcast Skate Shop in Temecula, grips a skateboard deck for a customer as his skateshop recovers from a robbery that took place, July 5. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Robert Mariona found broken doors and glass, along with missing merchandise at his store, Overcast Skate Shop, in Temecula Sunday, July 5, evidence that it had been broken into in the early morning hours.

“Sucks when you are actually just a skateboarder trying to get people to skate,” Mariona said in an Instagram post. “I work hard for everything I do.”

Many customers expressed their disappointment in the comments. Soon after people heard about the break-in, they set up several fundraisers to support Mariona in bringing the shop back to life.

Allysa Bassir, owner of Lazy Daisy Pies, shared a GoFundMe page created by Lily Castro, Mariona’s girlfriend, with her Facebook followers.

Overcast Skate Shop in Temecula has a broken backdoor, showing where a large quantity of merchandise was recently stolen from the shop. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

“So bummed for our fellow vegan and business owner Robert. Overcast Skate Shop got broken into. Send him some love if you can!” Bassir said on Facebook.

Tommy Morgan, tattoo artist at Envision Tattoo in Murrieta, created a raffle to raise money to support the skate shop. Those who were interested could purchase $10 tickets for the chance to win a $200 tattoo, a $80 gift certificate or an Overcast deck and T-shirt.

“Sadly, this is the second time Overcast Skate Shop was broken into, but this time they cleared him out,” Morgan said. “Last time we were able to raise a good chunk of money through tattoos, so let’s do it again.”

Overcast Skate Shop is located at 28780 Old Town Front St. in Temecula. Those interested in helping can donate any amount to GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-overcast-skateshop-rebuild-after-breakin. All proceeds will be used to fix the doors, purchase security cameras and replace stolen merchandise.

Samantha Cox can be reached by email at valleystaff@reedermedia.com.