Some Cambria business owners are extra wary and worried after a Jan. 4 siege of burglaries and attempted burglaries along Main Street.
Losses, other than the cost of tweaked window screens, initially were estimated at about $1,280.
According to Sheriff’s Office records, the first incident began with an audible alarm triggered at Moonstone Cellars, 801 Main St. Department spokesman Tony Cipolla said in a Jan. 11 email interview that deputies had discovered an open window and a screen on the ground, but there was no report of anything missing. While they were investigating that incident, Cipolla said, they “noticed a screen off a window at a neighboring business, Dolce Frozen Yogurt.” Again, there was no report of anything missing, he said.
At 8:45 a.m., a burglary was discovered at JJ’s Pizza, 2380 Main St. Burglars apparently had removed another screen and forced open a window. The cash registered was open, and the approximate loss was $1,200.
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At 10:13, deputies were alerted to a burglary at Sandy’s Deli, 604 Main St. While the pattern of screen-and-window entry was repeated, “the owner doesn’t keep cash there after closing,” and nothing was reported as having been taken.
While deputies were investigating that incident, representatives of the neighboring Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve office reported a burglary had happened there, again with a screen removed and window pushed open. Burglars apparently took $15 from a donation jar and $66 from a lock box.
Investigations continue into the burglaries. Anyone with information about them is asked to call 781-4550 or anonymously to CrimeStoppers’ 24-hour hotline at 549-STOP (7867).