Burglaries plague three Sunset Boulevard businesses

By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
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Restaurants along Sunset Boulevard have been hit with a series of burglaries and now police are hoping they can catch the thief. On Monday alone there were three burglaries in a row between 11:30 and 11:55 p.m. at the Big Chill ice cream and yogurt shop, Don Quixotes Mexican Grill and Primo Pizza Burger and Brew, according to police. All of the burglaries happened after hours when the lone suspect broke the front window or glass door, looked for cash and ran away, according to police reports.   “We believe that the burglaries that occurred on Monday night were done by one suspect,” Rocklin Police Lt. Lon Milka said. The suspect is described as about 5’6” wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and a backpack. Primo Pizza Burger owner Nasser Sger said he had an employee in the store when the burglary occurred.  “I had somebody here that night,” Sger said. “My guy came from the back, so that’s why he got scared and left.” Owners report the repairs have been more expensive than any theft. At one location all that the alleged thief stole was $2 out of the tip jar on the counter, but he caused reportedly $500 in damage to the window. “The cost of the repairs is a major annoyance,” Don Quixotes owner James Misakian said. The crime has also made the owners more vigilant.  “If everyone is vigilant about securing their cash at the end of the business day, then he’s got nothing,” Misakian said. Sger said he’s trying to give the potential thief a reason not to break-in. “When you close for the day, leave the cash register open. Just leave it open so they can see there is nothing,” Sger said. Milka said officers are ready if the thief strikes again. “Whoever it is will return, so we are increasing our patrol activity in these areas and ask business owners to be extra vigilant and protective as well,” Milka said. Milka said the police department’s Crime Prevention Officer Mike Nottoli can help business owners fight crime with helpful suggestions. Nottoli can be reached at (916) 625-5416.