Yuba County deputies and Sacramento police officers are investigating after two Little Caesars Pizza stores were vandalized in what appears to be an attempt to steal safes.
Just before midnight Sunday, the Yuba County Sheriff's Department responded to the Little Caesars Pizza store at 5062 Powerline Road in Olivehurst for an alarm call.
When deputies arrived, they saw the front of the store had been damaged. After review of surveillance video discovered a van had breached the store in an attempted burglary of the safe.
At least 3 suspects, wearing hoods, masks and gloves; committed the burglary. The first two initially broke the window by hitting it with sticks or poles of some kind. The suspects were able to break it and make entry. The suspects then attempted to take the safe but it was bolted to the floor. The third suspect then put the van in reverse and crashed into the front of the building. The suspect were still unable to free the safe.
They then fled the scene in the van. Deputies were able to get a plate on the van which was determined to be stolen from Yuba City.
Around an hour later, around 1 a.m., Sacramento police officers responded to the Little Caesars Pizza store at 4710 Natomas Boulevard for an alarm call.
When officers arrived, they found the front of the store damaged by what appeared to be a vehicle. The vehicle had fled the scene prior to officers arrival.
After calling arond to allied agencies, Sacramento Police Department learned of the similar call in Yuba County Sheriff's Department area.
Officials were able to confirm the two incidents are related and the same suspects and vehicle committed the crime.
The suspect's van was found around 3 a.m. by CHP officers near a levee in the Sacramento area.
The case remains under investigation.