Burglars rip off two Davis businesses

By March 26, 2011

“Brazen” burglars broke in to two Davis businesses Friday night and Saturday morning, according to police.

They hit the European Wax Center, 768 Fifth St., just after 11 p.m. Friday, and Jade Garden Restaurant, 2939 Spafford Court, just three hours later. And early Thursday morning, only the presence of an employee foiled another break-in at Davis Bikram Yoga, 405 L St., police said.

It’s not clear if the same suspects were involved in both of the latter crimes, Davis police Sgt. John Wilson said, but it’s “very, very unusual” for two businesses to get hit in one night.

The wax center’s burglar alarm sounded at 11:08 p.m., Wilson said, and officers arrived to find the back door forced open and the suspect or suspects gone. The door was damaged to the tune of $500, and the burglars stole a cash box and a safe from inside.

“People who hit alarmed businesses are usually well-organized or extremely brazen,” Wilson said.

This is the first time the Davis wax center has been burglarized, but employees there told police it’s the fourth time the franchise has been hit recently in the greater Sacramento area.

It’s hard to speculate if any of the other wax center robberies are connected to the Saturday night crime in Davis, because “there are just many, many reasons someone continues to target a business,” Wilson said. It could be a disgruntled employee, someone who knows the business’ layout or a coincidence.

A little over three hours later, an alarm sounded 1.5 miles away at Jade Garden Restaurant. Officers arrived to find the front glass door shattered and tables and chairs knocked over. The burglars made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

There is “no direct connection” between the two robberies, Wilson added. “However, it is very, very common for us to go to burglar alarms, but probably 99 percent of them are false alarms. It’s just off the charts to have two within a couple hours that are both ‘good’ alarms.”

A suspect also tried to break down the door at Bikram Yoga early Thursday morning. An employee was at the yoga studio when he saw “a white male kicking in the door and screaming” at 2:19 a.m., Lt. Paul Doroshov said. Police arrived two minutes later, but the suspect had already fled.

The would-be burglar was described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, 6 feet tall and 220 pounds, with a light mustache. He wore a black beanie and black leather jacket. Doroshov said he caused an estimated $500 in damage to the yoga studio’s glass door.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at (530) 747-5400.

This week’s string of business break-ins “kind of comes out of the blue,” Wilson said, because he hasn’t seen an uptick or a spate of them recently. However, business owners should be on guard.

“They tend to go in streaks,” Wilson said, “because you’ll get someone who continues to do them until they get caught, so it is obviously something we’re going to be very concerned about.”

— Staff writer Lauren Keene contributed to this report; reach her at [email protected] or (530) 747-8048. Reach Jonathan Edwards at [email protected] or (530) 747-8052.


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