Brazen bur­glars chased off by alarms at pizza restau­rant

Ripon Bulletin - - Local / State - By GLENN KAHL To con­tact Glenn Kahl, email gkahl@man­te­cab­ul­

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.

Photo con­trib­uted

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.

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