Brazen burglars chased off by alarms at pizza restaurant
Burglar alarms at Mt. Mike’s Pizza Restaurant in Ripon apparently frightened burglars out of the store at about 5 a.m. Monday after activating several alarms inside the building, according to owner Jeff Lio-tard.
“When they kicked the front door in and they then yanked the glass out by hand, the main alarm went off and (the alarm also went off) from the kitchen as they were running around in the restaurant trying to find something of value, setting off multiple alarms,” Lio-tard said. “They were caught in the act with a high definition security camera.”
The pizza restaurant owner said he worked at his Manteca store on North Main Street until 4 a.m. Monday and was able to get about and hour’s sleep when he got a call from the Ripon Police telling him there had been a break-in at his Ripon store.
“It was not what I wanted to wake up to,” he said. “Police said thieves are getting very brazen here in Ripon right now.”
“They also tried prying into the office but were scared off by the alarm,” he said. “I want to get the word out that they’re not getting anything. They’re not getting in the safe.
“Don’t get into our place, it’s too secure,” he said emphatically.
“The only thing that they got was getting their picture on camera, running around the inside of the business,” he added.
As for the smaller 2- by 3-foot window that was kicked in sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, Lio-tard noted that he found that break outside the building at the sidewalk level Sunday morning and mentioned it to his manager. They were apparently testing the time-lapse reaction of the alarm system, he said.
Two glass sections broken out by suspected burglars are seen together. The one in the foreground was reportedly kicked in sometime Saturday morning with the second at 5 a.m. on Monday. Owner Jeff Liotard said the glass in the door was apparently pulled out by hand having been attached to a heavy-duty advertising sign.